Complex economic factors require healthcare professionals to have multiple skills. Although controversial, some characteristics associated with Machiavellianism may be needed in order to maintain organizational solvency. A study was conducted to determine the differences between aspiring healthcare managers and patient care professionals regarding the Machiavellian tendencies. The results of the study indicate a significant mix of Machiavellian traits exist within both groups which need to be both cultivated and controlled. Efforts should be made to increase some Machiavellian tendencies such as risk-risk taking and creative while extinguishing counterproductive traits that lead to unethical decision making.
Collins, Sandra. "Machiavellianism in Healthcare Explored: Differences in Aspiring Managers and Patient Care Professionals." The Health Care Manager 33, No. 4 (Jan 2014): 324-327. doi:10.1097/HCM.0000000000000032.