Power in the Workplace


Use this article to answer these questions:

  • Why do we link jerk behavior to leadership?
  • Overconfidence and obnoxious behavior can lead to more power in the workplace.Why do you think this is?
  • What is the definition of an asshole?
    • Allows himself to enjoy special advantages and does so systematically
    • Does this out of an entrenched sense of entitlement
    • Immunized by his sense of entitlement against complaints
    • How does this differ from psychopathic behavior?
  • What do narcissistic CEOs do?Is being a narcissist always detrimental?
  • Why do you think that the patterns for narcissistic CEOs found by Hambrick are similar to the patterns for givers found by Grant?
  • Why do we see rule breakers and norm breakers as good leaders?
  • What cue do you look for to determine competence?How many of them are also traits that would be typically shared by jerks?
  • Think about the stealing coffee example:
    • Why is it that stealing for the group is better than stealing for yourself?
    • Why do we see ethical norm breaches as leader behaviors?
  • What are “disagreeable givers”, and why does Grant think they are the most effective people?
  • What examples of jerk behavior have you seen that led to benefits for your group?
  • Did those examples make you more favorable toward the jerk?
  • What are the benefits of aggressiveness in business?Do they outweigh the losses?

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