Are You A Business Psychopath? Pt. 2: Mr. Hyde In-Waiting
For anyone who read my first piece on psychopathy in business, bravo – you’re still here!
We explored how attributes like focus, relentlessness and a refusal to take the ‘everyone wins’ approach tend to be found in most successful entrepreneurs. But how do you manage them? Unleashing your inner psychopath – and getting to know them – is a careful balancing act.
It’s best to think of Mr. Hyde, that timeless character who comes out when we need to be a monster – or, rather, when the going gets tough. Control is everything. Here’s why we should tame yet embrace our darker side in business.
Mr. Hyde may be braver than we are
Dr. Jekyll was a nervous, flaky guy. When Hyde came out to play, though, he was a beast – a raging expression of purpose and appetite. He never took ‘no’ for an answer. When we let our own monster take charge, that’s the result: an uncompromising take on your biggest, toughest goals moving forward.
Psychopaths have a tendency to block out other voices apart from their own. Therefore, they can be much braver than someone who frets and bites their nails, obsessed with the ‘what if’ mentality. So don’t be afraid of the beast! Let them leap to a task with the spirit of a maverick, capitalising on every opportunity.
This confidence will spread through your office culture. Risks will be weighed up, instead of avoided at all costs in the boardroom or the sales floor. Bravery leads to great rewards. Not every risk will pay off, but the ones that dowill define your business.
It makes you a stronger, more honest leader
Many people put on a ‘work mask’ and act differently depending on where they are. But Mr. Hyde doesn’t wear a mask. He makes the hard decisions impassively and talks to people as they deserve.
I remember, for instance, when my mother stopped by during my first job in recruitment and ended up going out for lunch with my MD. Most bosses would’ve kept schtum, sitting behind their desk and acting very formally. But he didn’t. I respected that, and it made me realise that 98% of professionals are just too damn polite.
If we’re too kind or too unforgiving, there’s no reason for someone to trust our opinion. Authenticity is key in business. By expressing your passion at work you’re far more likely to earn the respect and commitment of your team.
Manic energy is infectious
As I said in my previous piece, psychopaths can narrow their focus on a single target, pouring all their efforts into reaching it. That’s extremely useful for a high-powered leadership role.
Your energy may seem uncontainable, but is that a bad thing? Staff and colleagues will get a dose of it up close. In due time, they’ll start to imitate your boundless enthusiasm and learn to roll with the punches – just like you do.
Family, friends, eating well and sleeping on a regular cycle… these are all vital to a happy life outside of work. But so is letting your professional psychopath loose once in a while. You need to realise that your dedication to a role could actually benefit yourpersonal relationships in the long run.
Eventually, you’ll be able to see and realise the boundless potential in your business. In fact, in my subsequent article, I’ll talk about why the best people I know are complete nutters! So let’s save that for next time.
Be right back. I’m going to see what Hyde’s up to, and maybe feed him a subpar metric report… Contact me at email@example.com for more business advice.