Now here's a heading which will intrigue, and may not be that surprising to some. New research has found that 1 in 5 CEOs or corporate executives show significant signs of clinical psychopathic traits. At Collingwood, we use personality tools such as Hogan to identify those traits which may indicate sociopathic or psychopathic features. For example, high power drivers and manipulation scores combined with a strong indicators of rule breaking and disregard for truthfulness. This helps in executive effectiveness, headhunting and cultural alignment programmes. Does your company screen for this? And you may want to keep alert to this next time you're in a room with 4 of your executive colleagues...!
n Australian study has found that about one in five corporate executives are psychopaths – roughly the same rate as among prisoners. The study of 261 senior professionals in the United States found that 21 per cent had clinically significant levels of psychopathic traits. The rate of psychopathy in the general population is about one in a hundred. Nathan Brooks, a forensic psychologist who conducted the study, said the findings suggested that businesses should improve their recruitment screening. He said recruiters tend to focus on skills rather than personality features and this has led to firms hiring “successful psychopaths” who may engage in unethical and illegal practices or have a toxic impact on colleagues.