Egomaniacs, rejoice! It turns out that narcissistic CEOs tend to be better leaders and more successful than their humble counterparts, and with good reason, too: having a big ego means they’re innovative and not afraid to take risks that could very well save their companies that could have otherwise been doomed to fail.
But what can we learn from them? Better yet, how can having a big ego boost your career?
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1. Nailing a Job Interview
The more narcissistic you are, the better your chances at acing that job interview and bagging the job. And research backs that claim up.
Psychology Professor Del Paulhus at the University of British Columbia says that “a job interview is one of the few social situations where narcissistic behaviours such as boasting actually create a positive impression”. It may sound counterintuitive, but if science tells us it works, then it must be true.
Don’t be afraid to boast about yourself – after all, we’re always told to sell ourselves to potential employers in interviews, much like marketing a new product to potential customers. Also, making eye contact, joking around, and asking more questions pertaining to the position being offered makes you a more attractive candidate.
2. Negotiating a Job Offer
Well, you’ve been offered the job, but there’s just one thing that you’re not completely happy with: the compensation package that comes along with the job. If you feel that it’s an insult to your worth in any way, your ego could very well help you negotiate for a better paycheck.
Talk about your unique accomplishments, skills, and experience, and how all that will benefit the company. That way, you’ll avoid getting underpaid, and the organization will get the kind of quality work they’ll be paying for.
3. Passing a Performance Review
Remember that time when Lisa lost those important documents and you were smart enough to print a copy just in case something like that happened? Well, you saved the day and helped the company avoid getting itself in a rather big pickle. And it’s things like that that you should remind your supervisor of when it’s time for your annual performance review.
Your boss isn’t aware of every little thing you do in the office – after all, they’re usually locked away in their own separate office doing their job, supervising employees other than yourself. They don’t know everything that’s happening behind the scenes; if you’ve gone out of your way to do something that the company benefited from, don’t be shy to tell your boss about it.
4. Requesting a Raise
While singing your own praises might seem a little odd, it could very well secure that big raise you’re after. Much like talking about your accomplishments in the company to pass a performance review, it’s a great way to show how valuable you are to the company.
Remind your boss the skills, knowledge and experience as well as the hard work and dedication you bring to the table, and how that has benefited the organization. Proving how much of an asset you are and identifying your true worth makes getting that much-deserved raise easily quantifiable.
5. Getting a Promotion
People spend years, and sometimes even their entire careers, before they’re even considered for a promotion – but your ego can help speed things up a little bit. All you have to do is let your boss know what your goals are in the company before that new promotion opportunity comes up. Tell him that you are looking for advancement, start preparing yourself for the new role, and your name could be the first to be put forward as a candidate.
Do you have a big ego? How has that helped you in your career? Was your narcissism able to bag you that dream job or get you that big raise you’ve been after? Share your tips with us in the comments section below!