Do bad guys get ahead of fall behind? Relationships of the dark triad of personality with objective and subjective career success

Spurk, Daniel; Keller, Anita C.; Hirschi, Andreas (2016). Do bad guys get ahead of fall behind? Relationships of the dark triad of personality with objective and subjective career success. Social psychological and personality science, 7(2), pp. 113-121. Sage 10.1177/1948550615609735

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This study analyzed incremental effects of single Dark Triad traits (i.e., narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism) on objective (i.e., salary and leadership position) and subjective (i.e., career satisfaction) career success. We analyzed 793 early career employees representative of age and education from the private industry sector in Germany. Results from multiple and logistic regressions revealed bright and dark sides of the Dark Triad, depending on the specific Dark Triad trait analyzed. After controlling for other relevant variables (i.e., gender, age, job tenure, organization size, education, and work hours), narcissism was positively related to salary, Machiavellianism was positively related to leadership position and career satisfaction, and psychopathy was negatively related to all analyzed outcomes. These results provide evidence that the Dark Triad plays a role in explaining important career outcomes. Implications for personality and career research are derived.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Work and Organisational Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Spurk, Daniel; Keller, Anita and Hirschi, Andreas

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

1948-5506

Publisher:

Sage

Language:

English

Submitter:

Christine Soltermann

Date Deposited:

26 Jun 2017 11:06

Last Modified:

29 Aug 2018 09:13

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/1948550615609735

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.99422

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/99422

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