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When the Dark Shines: The role of dark personality traits in leadership role occupancy and hiring decisions in a collectivistic culture

Nuzulia, Siti; Why, Felix

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Siti Nuzulia



Abstract

Two studies investigated the role of the Dark Triad traits (i.e., narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism), conscientiousness, and intelligence on leadership role occupancy and hiring decisions in Indonesian culture, which is a collectivist culture. Study 1 used Generalized Linear Model to examine two groups of participants with (i.e., school principals) and without (i.e., teachers) significant leadership responsibilities by controlling for participant grouping by school. The results indicated that, in comparison with teachers, school principals had significantly higher narcissism and conscientiousness and lower psychopathy and intelligence. In study 2, video recordings of simulated job interviews of 133 undergraduates were evaluated by 133 professional recruiters. Interviewee narcissism was the only significant positive predictor for hiring decision. Both studies provide consistent evidence that narcissism is a significant positive factor in both leadership role occupancy and hiring decision in a collectivist culture.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Social psychological and personality science
Print ISSN 1948-5506
Electronic ISSN 1948-5514
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Nuzulia, S., & Why, F. (in press). When the Dark Shines: The role of dark personality traits in leadership role occupancy and hiring decisions in a collectivistic culture. Social Psychological and Personality Science, https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550619893956
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550619893956
Keywords Dark Triad traits; Narcissism; Leadership; Hiring decisions; Collectivistic culture

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