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Narcissism is broadly defined as an exaggerated sense of self-importance, highly inflated self-views, and an unrelenting desire for maintaining these self-views. Individuals with higher narcissism are motivated by a desire to attain high status and are also more often chosen as leaders. Given that narcissistic individuals are likely to occupy positions of high power, it is imperative for the study of political behavior to understand narcissists’ interpersonal functioning and interaction with others, including followers, organizations, and society as a whole. This entry provides an overview of narcissism, conceptualized as a personality trait. It discusses the self-perceptions of narcissistic individuals, the perceptions others have of narcissistic individuals, the behavior of narcissistic individuals, and finally, the consequences of narcissistic individuals as leaders.

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