Maskers of the Universe: Generating Transparency Around Antisocial Personality Traits of Executive Leaders in Corporate America

46 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2018

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Nicolette J. Zulli

Syracuse University College of Law; Syracuse Law Review; Syracuse Law and Civic Engagement Forum

Date Written: March 9, 2018

Abstract

One out of every five chief executives is a psychopath who is consumed with playing a game of corporate accomplishment, as he takes inhumane pleasure in violating moral code to ensure his dominance and personal gain over others in the workplace. In fact, there are a growing number of “triadic persons” in the American workforce, who combine three types of antisocial personalities: narcissism, sociopathy, and psychopathy. These individuals are drawn to positions of power and prestige, making corporate America the ideal breeding ground for producing the number one most psychopathic profession: The Corporate CEO. These actors are intrinsic experts at performing a routine of tantalizing charm and believable devotion. Meanwhile, with the absence of an effective mechanism designed to highlight the antisocial tendencies of C-Level leaders in current hiring and promotion processes of publicly-traded companies, these corporations, their employees, and shareholders remain unable to expose the bad actors who are stealthily permeating the fabric of U.S. commercial markets. In order to generate the transparency necessary to afford employers, stockholders, boards of directors, and regulators the opportunity to make informed decisions about America’s corporate leaders, this Note proposes the SEC’s promulgation of an optional Corporate Character and Fitness (“CCF”) Disclosure tool, designed to unmask the antisocial personality traits of executive leaders employed by publicly-traded companies, in order to better gauge their risk propensity.

Keywords: Corporate Psycopathy, Psychopathy, Antisocial Personality, Corporate Law, Business Law, Executive Leadership, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Corporate Ethics, Corporate Compliance

Suggested Citation

Zulli, Nicolette J., Maskers of the Universe: Generating Transparency Around Antisocial Personality Traits of Executive Leaders in Corporate America (March 9, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3213595 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3213595

Nicolette J. Zulli (Contact Author)

Syracuse University College of Law ( email )

Syracuse Law Review ( email )

Syracuse Law and Civic Engagement Forum ( email )

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