The least narcissistic CEO in America runs VMWare

28 Dec



VMWare CEO Patrick Gelsinger is the least narcissistic CEO among the top 100 companies in the U.S., according to an analysis of quarterly earnings calls that counted how many time each boss used personal pronouns such as “me” and “we.”

The findings, based on natural language analysis technology, will allow researchers to stack up narcissistic tendencies against company performance to determine if self-centered CEOs help or hurt the bottom line.

“Is narcissism, generally viewed as a personality defect, actually a good thing?” said Professor Alex Frino, dean of Australia’s Macquarie Graduate School of Management. “Does the world in fact need more narcissistic CEOs? Or is it a trait we should be actively teaching future leaders to avoid?

Gelsinger took over at Palo Alto-based VMWare in September 2012 after turns at EMC and Intel. The company’s shares have remained essentially flat over the last 12 months. VMWare increased profit in the quarter ended Sept. 30 by 66 percent to $261 million. Revenue rose 13 percent to $1.29 billion.



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One response to “The least narcissistic CEO in America runs VMWare

  1. Linda

    December 30, 2013 at 10:37 am

    According to Malcolm Gladwell, I believe it was in his book “Outliers” he describes narcissistic employees as the ones who most often get promoted.

    He doesn’t necessarily believe the narcissistic person is the most qualified person to run a company, just the person who does a better job of selling themselves to the company decision makers.

    It will be interesting to see if Patrick Gelsinger is the best choice long term for the bottom line and longevity of VMWare. I’m personally hoping he is!

    Thanks for this thought provoking article!


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