Summary #1262

Being a selfish jerk doesn’t get you ahead, research finds
  • Study that tracked people for 14 years proves that disagreeableness doesn’t help in competing for power.
  • Being a jerk doesn’t help people be successful - they have the same chance of being put in positions of power as people who are generous, trustworthy and nice.
  • The problem is that giving power to disagreeable people causes organizations to fail, according to a body of research, and provides bad role models for society at large.
  • Dominant and aggressive behaviour doesn’t help people get ahead faster in business, but it doesn’t apply to politics, where power dynamics are much different.


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