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Want to check the confidence level of your boss? Is he a herd or too much of a narcissist?
You can soon get answers to these questions thanks to a new computer application developed by researchers at Binghamton University, New York.
The computerized content-analysis tool can reliably and validly measure narcissistic and psychopathic traits in leaders of Fortune 100 companies, claim the researchers.
The app employs a built-in dictionary of words, phrases and rules that can be used to help predict certain negative personality traits.
It first looks for self-focus words, such as ‘I’, ‘me’, ‘my’, ‘mine’ and ‘myself’. The app then looks for words related to several personality traits.
The content analysis programme also looks for words related to neuroticism, like doubt, fear, anxiety, worry, errors and mistakes, and combines those with the self-focus words to create a measure of defensive narcissism, added the researchers.
As part of the study, researchers used the programme to analyse nearly 1,800 publicly available transcripts of television interviews and conference calls with stock analysts, as well as print interviews from 150 CEOs from Fortune 100 companies.
The ultimate use of this research may be to encourage boards of directors making hiring decisions, particularly CEOs, to look closely at candidates’ personality characteristics as well as other information.
“Whatever the mood may be, remember the boss is always correct.”