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Researchers Find Out Why Nice Guys Do Finish Last

Published: December 6, 2011 / Author: Ranina Sanglap


The following is an excerpt from an article in International Business Times Australia that discusses Management Professor Tim Judge’s research on how agreeable workers earn significantly lower incomes than less agreeable ones. To read the entire article visit: Researchers Find Out Why Nice Guys Do Finish Last

A new study has proved that nice guys really do finish last.

The famous aphorism from baseball manager Leo Durocher has been used to describe the kind of person who succeeds at life. People who make it to the top need to cut corners and compromise their ethics which is why you’ll never see nice guys at the head of Fortune 500 companies.

The saying was an extremely pessimistic view on the nature of humanity and no one wanted to believe the Durocher was right. Surely there are successful people who aren’t completely heartless? Well according to a study by researchers Beth A. Livingston of Cornell University, Timothy A. Judge of Notre Dame and Charlice Hurst of University of Western Ontario, nice guys don’t win at the game of life.


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