I’ve been thinking about narcissism and leadership. At a recent clergy conference on narcissism and ministry, my colleague Michael Nel suggested that we all have a little narcissism in us, as Murray Bowen suggested we all have some schizophrenia in us (and we all have cancer cells in our bodies). And perhaps it’s not a completely bad thing. To be a leader, you darn well better be sure of yourself. Self-confidence and internal clarity are not narcissistic but can be viewed as such. What do you think? Perhaps the difference between adaptive narcissism, as psychiatrist Mark McClung puts it, and pathological narcissism, is that we’re on this side of the mental health line if we can relate to others in a way that’s not just about us, and if we can laugh at ourselves. See my full newsletter article on this topic here.