Wednesday, January 23, 2013

What psychopaths and CEOs have in common

Kevin Dutton’s new book, “The Wisdom of Psychopaths” says that being fearless, focused and ruthless are tailor-made traits for success in the modern world.

Besides the above, the University of Oxford research psychologist from lays out habits of psychopaths that can help anyone in business:

Don’t procrastinate, don’t second-guess yourself, don’t look back and don’t blame yourself when things go wrong.

The Top 10 professions for psychopaths are not only CEOs, but lawyers, surgeons, journalists and clergy, among others.

Dutton writes that psychopaths have a gamut of traits that make them more—or less—successful, depending on the career they choose—or are thrust into by circumstance.

The difference between CEOs and criminals is that the latter are more impulsive and violent.

They also have a harder time delaying gratification and come from less educated backgrounds.

So if you want to be successful in business, acting like a psychopath at least some of the time might not be a bad idea.

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