Seven Neurotic Styles of Management
Hide Harashima , Editor | May 9, 2013
Topic category: Musings
Forever Neurotic
Kurt Motamedi, PhD

Selected Attributes of Neurotic Styles

Crazy, obsessive-compulsive, anxiety, hysteria. No matter how one describes psyciatric disorders of CEOs, there's no doubt that some managers display mental disorders as defined by American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).

In fact, in a paper authored by Kurt Motamedi, PhD, professor of strategy and leadership at Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management defined the seven neurotic styles of management. In it, he concluded that most managers are trained in business functions and are competent in their own knowledge areas, however, they may not have sufficient expertise in dealing with individuals and organizations afflicted with neurotic management styles and their accompanying dysfunctions. By recognizing the different styles of management, an organization can diagnose the nature of the organization’s managerial issues and generate solutions.

The above table describes the seven styles: 

  • Explosive: "Don’t get in my way."
  • Implosive: "Don’t let me down."
  • Abrasive: "No one is good enough."
  • Narcissistic: "Are they useful to me?"
  • Apprehensive: "No one can be trusted."
  • Compulsive: "Get them focused."
  • Impulsive: "Change for change’s sake."

Let us know in the comments below which charaacteristic(s) you or your CEO have.

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