Do you Like Loud and Conceited, Over Calm and Understated?

Do you Like Loud and Conceited, Over Calm and Understated?

iStock_000000652065_SmallA recent Harvard Business Review article suggests that we don’t know the difference between confidence and competence. Ignoring the gender argument, is there something to be said for this claim? According to the article, common traits associated with leadership are synonymous with those found in personality disorders, such as narcissism and psychopathy personalities.

Is it a male vs. female thing? Is the article suggesting that women should be more psychotic, or celebrate their normalcy in order to become more successful? Perhaps more fascinating to us all, is the thought of why we are so attracted to loud, rude, headstrong, and oftentimes abrasive personalities. Female or male, we really do tend to back the bully and belittle the calm and collected types, as they attempt their rise as leaders.

Marilyn
Marilyn

Marilyn Weinstein is Vivo’s founder and Chief Executive Officer, responsible for overall strategy and business growth and development. Prior to starting iTalent Solutions in 2006—the successful effort which paved the way for Vivo’s launch in 2009—Marilyn was Vice President and General Counsel for AlphaSoft Services Corp., where she served on the company’s Executive Team for over seven years. She helped AlphaSoft grow from a start up to a $50 million per year, multi-office success story.