The Concept of the Dark Triad: Effect on Organizational Outcomes and Navigating Strategies
This paper analyzes the Dark Triad (DT) personality concept and its impact on workplace behavior. All the DT components—Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy—are analyzed as well as their effects on organizational outcomes. This paper is conceptual, thus proposing a model linking the Dark Triad, organizational outcomes, and strategies for managing these outcomes. Also, it considers the impact of the Dark Triad on organizational outcomes, particularly counterproductive workplace behavior, organizational citizenship behavior, creativity and innovation, and work group/team outcomes and processes. Further, ways to combat the Dark Triad in the workplace are discussed. Finally, strategies that organizations can implement to manage these complex workplace behaviors are provided. The closing section suggests new directions for future research.