Do nice managers finish last?

Nice employees are often stopped from advancing to management positions. Why we put up with so many who are incompetent?

by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic

In the corporate world, most organisations seem to have developed - involuntarily, of course - quite effective mechanisms for stopping nice employees from advancing to management positions.

Conversely, those who shout, bitch, bully and suck up to their superiors are immediately considered for promotion, despite having no talent for leadership.

Incompetent managers are the single most important reason for the high levels of employee disengagement. Gallup estimates that around 70% of people dislike their job and this estimate is based on data from organisations that actually run employee surveys, which means that the real baseline for disengagement is probably higher.

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