A question of false self‐esteem Organization‐based self‐esteem and narcissism in organizational contexts

A question of false self‐esteem Organization‐based self‐esteem and narcissism in... Purpose – This paper seeks to explore the relationships between organization‐based self‐esteem and narcissism, and their correlates. It aims to distinguish the two constructs, as well as to examine the degree to which organization‐based self‐esteem is contaminated by “false self‐esteem” (namely, narcissism). Design/methodology/approach – Participants completed questionnaires containing measures of organization‐based self‐esteem, narcissism, and a variety of motivational, attitudinal, and behavioral consequences. Co‐workers rated the participants' extra‐role and in‐role performance behaviors. Findings – Organization‐based self‐esteem and narcissism appear to be quite distinct constructs. The organization‐based self‐esteem scale is unbiased by variance associated with narcissism. Organization‐based self‐esteem is associated with a variety of positive outcomes. In particular, organization‐based self‐esteem correlates negatively with hostility, while narcissism correlates positively with hostility. Practical implications – The hypothesized negative attitudes and behaviors of narcissists were not found. However, organizations need to be cautious when delivering negative feedback to employees high in narcissism. Supervisors need to provide concrete evidence about deficiencies in narcissists' performance when providing feedback. Originality/value – This is the first study to examine the relationships between organization‐based self‐esteem and narcissism in an organizational context. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Managerial Psychology Emerald Publishing

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Abstract

Purpose – This paper seeks to explore the relationships between organization‐based self‐esteem and narcissism, and their correlates. It aims to distinguish the two constructs, as well as to examine the degree to which organization‐based self‐esteem is contaminated by “false self‐esteem” (namely, narcissism). Design/methodology/approach – Participants completed questionnaires containing measures of organization‐based self‐esteem, narcissism, and a variety of motivational, attitudinal, and behavioral consequences. Co‐workers rated the participants' extra‐role and in‐role performance behaviors. Findings – Organization‐based self‐esteem and narcissism appear to be quite distinct constructs. The organization‐based self‐esteem scale is unbiased by variance associated with narcissism. Organization‐based self‐esteem is associated with a variety of positive outcomes. In particular, organization‐based self‐esteem correlates negatively with hostility, while narcissism correlates positively with hostility. Practical implications – The hypothesized negative attitudes and behaviors of narcissists were not found. However, organizations need to be cautious when delivering negative feedback to employees high in narcissism. Supervisors need to provide concrete evidence about deficiencies in narcissists' performance when providing feedback. Originality/value – This is the first study to examine the relationships between organization‐based self‐esteem and narcissism in an organizational context.

Journal

Journal of Managerial PsychologyEmerald Publishing

Published: Nov 8, 2011

Keywords: Organization‐based self‐esteem; Narcissism; Employee attitudes and behaviors; Negative feedback; Hostility; Self esteem; Motivation (psychology); Employees

References

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  • A meta‐analysis of the predictors and consequences of organization‐based self‐esteem
    Bowling, N.A.; Eschleman, K.J.; Wang, Q.; Kirkendall, C.; Alarcon, G.
  • Narcissism in organizational contexts
    Campbell, W.K.; Hoffman, B.J.; Campbell, S.M.; Marchisio, G.
  • Dynamics of narcissistic leadership in organizations: toward an integrated research model
    Ouimet, G.

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