Why Sociopaths Succeed

It would appear that many organizations in India and elsewhere actually celebrate sociopathic behaviour in leaders. Some psychologists have even suggested that there may be a sweet spot, an ideal level of sociopathic trait. It helps leaders keep teams in line, and feel no empathy or remorse at cutting costs or firing employees…

In contrast, empaths, or individuals with high emotional intelligence, pose the greatest threat to a sociopathic mind.

Studies of organizational behaviour suggest that the empath may feel internally compelled to take a stand against the sociopath, but the sociopath is usually able to shift the blame on the empath, while going scot-free himself. The term ‘gas-lighting effect’ has been used to describe behaviours by which a sociopath will attempt to erode her opponent’s reality.

Amrita Chowdhury