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Leaders' narcissism may be linked to family income, study shows

Leaders' narcissism may be linked to family income, study shows

Researchers have found links between leaders' narcissism, worse reviews of their leadership behavior and a surprising third factor: How much money their families had when they were growing up.

The study, published online by the Academy of Management Journal and recently highlighted by the Harvard Business Review, claims to be one of the first to explore a tie, if an indirect one, between leaders' family income during childhood and their leadership behaviors later in life.

At a time of increasing income inequality, says Sean Martin, an assistant professor at Boston College, it's also part of a growing body of research that's studying the effects of higher incomes on social...

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