Disagreeable People Do Not Have an Advantage

A 14 year longitudinal study found that being disagreeable—aggressive, selfish, manipulative, and so on—does not have a positive relationship with obtaining power at work. Researchers found “dominant aggressive behavior”, which is a predictor of power, was offset by engaging in less communal and generous behavior, canceled each other out.

This is reassuring for companies with a ‘no assholes’ rule. People can obtain power in these organizations while mediating the negative impact of disagreeable behaviors.

Read the paper: People with disagreeable personalities (selfish, combative, and manipulative) do not have an advantage in pursuing power at work.

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