Maybe, according to this article in Entrepreneur. Check out this statistic:
…experts say there’s almost one psychopath for every 100 people, with rates shooting up in the workplace, especially in leadership, thanks to psychopaths’ ease with manipulation. Research finds that nearly 4 percent of corporate CEOs are psychopaths, and this rate is nearly doubled among middle managers. (Shockingly, the share of psychopaths among middle managers is nearly as high as the share of psychopaths in medium security prisons.)
I have worked for many bosses with whom I would question their psychopathic tendencies. I suppose that term deserves definition from within the article.
A psychopath stands out, Woodward says, thanks to a “blend of interpersonal, lifestyle and behavioral deficits” that they can mask, at least for a period of time. Woodward explains, “They come across as very charming and very gregarious. But beneath that veneer lies a lack of remorse, an amorality and a real callousness.”
Perhaps more of you are with me now! There is a commonality here that we often uncover using our assessments. Two things often stick out to people – the high D (Dominance) style and a low empathetic ability.
Dominance is from the DISC and is described in these terms:
Results-oriented, argumentative, likes to win, may try to overpower you, wants to move quickly, may be unprepared, direct
You can see where I am going with this topic. Everyone has encountered a strong D personality. I am willing to bet that most people have encountered them in a leadership role…as their boss. This isn’t a bad thing. High D’s have a natural ability to tackle big topics and to get things done. These abilities often drive them into leadership roles where they are able to succeed (often in a domineering way).
The issue develops when you have a High D leader with low empathetic ability. Imagine the brash, hard-charging High D leader who seems devoid of sensitivity. Now we have the makings of a psychopath!
Ok, maybe not. Instead, it may be that we simply have a unique behavioral style that tends to have an acerbic quality to someone with a different style. This topic, communicating between different styles, is where I spend a good portion of my days. In most instances, the simple recognition of a differing style leads people to better communication.
And I would hope a lower rate of psychopath diagnoses in the workplace.