There really are in the workplace non-narcissists.
They have a distinct competitive advantage, at least over the long term. That's because employees and vendors go the extra mile. Also, we're loyal to them. That saves a bundle in turnover costs and maintains institutional memory. Among the non-narcissists seem to have been Jesus Christ, Ronald Reagan, the co-founders of Alcoholics Anonymous (Dr. Bob, Bill Wilson), expert on bipolar disease Kay Jamison, and head of the Salk Institute Bill Brody.
But, never try to sell that to a narcissists. As long as they can get away with it they are having too much fun playing with others. Human beings are their toys. In The New York Times, Arthur C. Brooks takes a peek at that syndrome.
The interesting part is this: Even when the world penalizes them for their mindset and behavior, they continue. Only in a different setting.
There was a brilliant strategist in public affairs. He lost the huge job. He then went on to bit by bit destroy the firm he built after getting the boot. Those who are compassionate describe him as having a "tragic flaw."
However, not many of us are compassionate, not after being subordinates or vendors to narcissists. So, it should be good news to us that there seem to be very few who want to or can be "cured."
Therefore the inevitable happens. Human nature is dark. So we tend to pull out all stops to get back at the narcissists in our work lives.
Frequently that takes the form of ratting them out when their behavior becomes illegal. After all, the law is the law.
That mean-spirited tactic is as old as the old neighborhood in urban areas. Those who put themselves above the rest of us got reported to the IRS for some type of tax funny stuff. Those of us who observed that couldn't miss the lesson that it was dangerous to assume we were special.