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Can you trust your protégé?

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Sure, you want a hard-charging successor to continue your work.

But you also want someone who leads with compassion and loyalty to someone other than himself. You don’t want a narcissist succeeding you.

Run your protégé through this gantlet to see how he scores on the narcissist scale. Assign 2 points for each “Yes”; 1 for each “Somewhat” or “Maybe”; 0 for each “No.”
  1. Is he proud of his ability to deceive people?

  2. Is he a master manipulator?

  3. Does he cook up dishonest schemes?

  4. When he harms others, does he lack remorse or guilt?

  5. Does he poke fun at emotional people?

  6. Does he fire people without care?

  7. Does he steadfastly fail to accept responsibility for his actions? If your heir apparent scores 1 to 4 points, raise an eyebrow; 5 to 7, be wary; 8 to 12, be afraid; 13 to 14, be very afraid.
—Adapted from “Is Your Boss a Psychopath?”, Alan Deutschman, Fast Company.

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