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Are more psychopaths becoming business leaders?

It is a strange thought but there is quite a bit of research emerging suggesting that the psychology of leaders is not just changing but displaying some concerning traits. Before we analyse the lead question, it is worth noting that one of the underlying debates of business change is that culture and people are becoming increasingly secondary to business process and financial results; that there was a greater sense of fun, care and friendship among colleagues in the past than that which exists today.

EP’s Friday Light Relief

“Lunch with FT” from 1995

The 79 year old poet Gavin Ewart had a liquid lunch at the Café Royal with the FT. The next day Mrs Ewart phones:

“There are two things you need to know” she says “firstly Gavin came home yesterday happier than I have seen him in a long time. The second- and you are not to feel bad about this- is that he died this morning.”