[I/O Psychology SIG]: Why (some) toxic people get promoted, and how humble people can achieve the same thing

I/O Psychology SIG invites Dr Klaus J Templer to speak about:

Why (some) toxic people get promoted, and how humble people can achieve the same thing


Toxic people have been defined in the literature as those with the sub-clinical personality traits of Machiavellianism, Narcissism, and/or Psychopathy, the so-called Dark Triad. On average, these dark personalities are not known to be high performers. However, some receive higher salaries and advance into leadership positions. What’s the secret of these toxic people, why do they advance in their careers? In the talk, Klaus will present a study in which he tested an indirect effect chain model that provides an explanation, and he suggests that humble, non-toxic people can equally foster their careers by applying the same “not-so-secret” skill.


Dr Klaus J Templer received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Hamburg in Germany. He was for 15 years with the MNC Siemens where he held specialist and managerial positions. Klaus started his career as an organizational psychologist in the Munich headquarters of Siemens. He then held the worldwide responsibility for selection & assessment activities in the company’s in-house training and consultancy division. Then, in Mumbai, he was chief advisor to the top management. After 3 ½ years in India and back to Germany, Klaus took over the expatriate management responsibility for the regions Asia, Africa, Middle East, Australia, and New Zealand. In 2001, Klaus joined Nanyang Business School (NTU) as an associate professor of organizational behavior and human resource consulting. Since 8 years he is now an associate professor of organizational psychology at the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS). Klaus has published on topics in the areas of organizational psychology, expatriate management, and cultural intelligence (CQ) with a citation count of over 2000.


Date: 12 March 2019, Tuesday

Time: 7pm – 8.30 pm

Venue: Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS), Stirling Road, Blk E, level 3, Room 3044



I/O Psychology SIG members – Free

SPS Members – $5

Non-SPS members – $15

Registration is limited and on a first come first serve basis. Please sign up by 10 March 2019!

We regret to inform that registration is non-refundable.

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  • I/O Psych SIG: Dr Klaus J Templer
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Venue:   Management Development Institute of Singapore

Venue Website:

MDIS, 501 Stirling Rd, Singapore, S148951, Singapore