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Can you force out a narcissistic business partner?

On Behalf of | Sep 28, 2022 | Commercial Litigation |

Starting and growing a business is not something many residents of Massachusetts can do on their own. Indeed, even those who have brilliant ideas often need help with capital, operations or something else. Finding a business partner or two can help entrepreneurs turn their business dreams into reality.

The funny thing about business partners is that it can take some time to get to know those with whom you work. That is, you may not truly know your business partners until your venture has been operating for years. If one of your partners turns out to be a narcissist, you may wonder whether you can force him or her out of your partnership.

Can narcissists be good business partners?

According to Psychology Today, narcissists have an overinflated sense of self, often making them believe they are more important, more productive and smarter than anyone else in the room.

As you can imagine, this can make narcissists terrible business partners, as they may be unwilling either to compromise or to defer to the judgments of other partners. Narcissists also can make excellent business partners, however.

After all, because they hate to lose, a narcissistic business partner may have some brilliant ideas for growing your operation.

Can you work with a narcissist?

If your personality or working style simply does not mesh with a narcissist, working with one may be downright impossible. Luckily, you may be able to force a narcissist out of your partnership. To do so, you must review your partnership agreement.

If your partnership agreement is not helpful, you may have the option of ending the partnership altogether. Ultimately, though, before taking any action, you must understand your rights and responsibilities under both your partnership agreement and the law.