Many of the world’s leading organisations (business, political, religious, military) are possibly being run by senior management who probably rank highly on the PCL-R test for psychopathy. This book explores that idea, support it with examples, and offers solutions.
Very little media analysis of the decisions being made by our institutional leaders accounts for the existence of psychopaths as a social reality. It’s a new paradigm that I believe explains a lot of the news we see and can help us avoid future problem scenarios.
I’ve spent the last fourteen years producing thousands of hours of programming about world leaders, historical and modern. During the process, I’ve often asked “why do these people end up in position of leadership and why do they do the things they do?” I’ve also spent years reading the latest research on psychopaths and it seemed to answer a lot of those questions.
This book is the first systematic attempt to derive a model for explaining how and why psychopaths are allowed to occupy positions of power in society.
Every day in the news we hear about people in positions of business, political and religious leadership doing deplorable things – sexual harassment, polluting the environment, lining their own pockets at the expense of their employees and customers, raping children and covering up crimes. The common explanation is that they are just “bad eggs” – normal people who have gone astray for reasons unknown. However, we believe there is a better explanation.
Psychiatrists estimate that 1% of the adult population are psychopaths – people physiologically incapable of empathy, who crave risk, are often charismatic, and who possess an extreme desire for wealth and power. In the United States, this 1% would be nearly two million adults. Where might these people be hiding?
The premise of this book is that these psychopaths are quite possibly to be found occupying senior management positions in many of our institutions and organisations, wielding enormous power, because our organisations reward psychopathic tendencies. In other words, our economy is run by psychopaths. If that is true, then we need to build systems that protect us from their behaviour. The book examines the evidence and then suggests solutions for saving us all – from the psychopaths.