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Interview with Michael Maccoby on Leadership

October 2006 - By Dr. Nagendra V Chowdary

Narcissistic leaders are the innovators who want to change the way people work and live.
—Michael Maccoby
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Michael Maccoby is an anthropologist, psychoanalyst and consultant on leadership, strategy and organization. He is the President of The Maccoby Group in Washington, DC., and director of the Project on Technology, Work and Character, a not for profit research organization.

Dr. Maccoby has been a consultant and coach to leaders in many corporations, unions, universities, the World Bank, and the State and Commerce Departments of the US Government.

His article, Narcissistic Leaders: the Incredible Pros, the Inevitable Cons, January 2000, won a McKinsey Award, which recognizes the two best Harvard Business Review articles published each year. It was the basis for the book, The Productive Narcissist: The Promise and Peril of Visionary Leadership, published in 2003. This fall Harvard Business School Press will publish the paperback, re-titled Narcissistic Leaders: Who Succeeds & Who Fails. His most recent Harvard Business Review article was "Why People Follow the Leader: The Power of Transference" (September 2004).

Dr. Maccoby has taught at Harvard, University of Chicago, Cornell University, University of California, l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, Said Business School, Oxford and the Washington School of Psychiatry which he is emeritus professor. From 1978-90, he was director of the Program on Technology, Public Policy and Human Development at the J F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He received a B A in Social Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Social Relations from Harvard. He also studied philosophy at New College, Oxford, and psychoanalysis with Erich Fromm.

Useful for Understanding of:

  • Narcissistic Leadership
  • National Culture and Leadership Styles
  • Nurturing Leadership.
Originally Published in Effective Executive, IUP
Effective Executive Reference No. 03M-2006-10-13-06
IBSCDC Reference No. INT0020
Year and Month of Publication October 2006
Keywords Michael Maccoby, Narcissistic Leadership, National Culture and Leadership Styles, Nurturing Leadership

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