Career Managing Up → Narcissists: Strategies

Respect, defer, and secure.

Demonstrate appropriate levels of respect.


Complimenting and stroking the ego of the Narcissist will keep you in his good graces.

Do not gossip about the Narcissist. It will get back to her.

Learn from them. Narcissists are often very successful, so try to learn something.

Appeal to their image and protect yours. Don't get sucked in. Narcissist are expert manipulators. Try not to get sucked into their orbit.

Remember, it is not about you; it is always about them.

Assess the level of narcissism and be prepared to leave.