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17th September 2009: New research shows that 85% of UK’s leaders demonstrate ‘Dark Side Characteristics’. Defined as deeply rooted, self-destructive aspects of a personality, these dark side character traits could spell disaster, placing individuals and organisations at risk and contributing to the alarming self-destruct rates for high flyers.

The research ‘A Decade of the Dark Side’ by Psychological Consultancy Ltd (PCL), was conducted over ten years drawing on data collected between 1999 and 2009 from 18,000 completions of the Hogan Development Survey (HDS), the first psychometric test based on 11 proven leadership de-railers. The HDS addresses 11 dark side characteristics with double-barrelled scale names such as Confident -Arrogant, Charming - Manipulative and Shrewd - Mistrustful emphasising...

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