The problem with a personality disorder in the White House

Very early on in the Obama’s trajectory to the presidency, I identified him as a narcissist, and warned against the disastrous results that ensue from placing power in a narcissist’s hands.  (I was not the only one to do so, incidentally.)

While some may debate the diagnosis I gave our president, there is now some authority saying that narcissists are lousy leaders:

They may be charming, confident and climb the job ladder with ease, but when they reach the top, narcissists are actually not very good at their roles.

Such people are often too self-obsessed to do their jobs properly, according to a study.


[S]cientists have discovered that while narcissists are convincing leaders, they are so consumed by their own brilliance that it actually cripples their creativity and often causes them to make bad decisions.

They like to squirrel away information from their colleagues and are too focused on themselves to allow others to shine in the workplace, researchers said.

It also prevents proper interaction with colleagues who often vastly overestimate the ability of their overconfident bosses.


Leaders with the largest egos had the most negative effect on their group’s overall performance.

They were too self-centred and authoritarian to communicate properly or listen to their colleagues.

I’m thinking of applying for a legal name change.  Henceforth, just call me Cassandra.