Do We Need to Add Narcissism, Arrogance to Job Descriptions?

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By Christina Vuleta (Founder, 40:20) There has been a lot of ink lately on “Who Will Be the Next Steve Jobs?” from an article in the Wall Street Journal to a myriad of other articles and blog posts. It’s part of a larger discussion on why there aren’t more women starting high-growth companies and in leadership positions across the board.

It’s a good discussion. But that’s not what I am writing about today. Today I’m talking about hiring.

The qualities The Wall Street Journal suggests are necessary for a person who could fill Steve Jobs shoes include “unbridled confidence” and some degree of arrogance and narcissism -— traits that don’t fit comfortably into even the most confident corporate heels…or at least not that we are willing to admit to or talk about. Maybe we should.

Swathy Prithivi (Head of Corporate Development, Sonim Technologies) makes the point in a post on Women 2.0 that these traits just may be necessary for anyone, regardless of gender, to push through the “monumental odds” faced in making a start-up work.

» Read the full post at 40:20.