Fri., February 3, 2012 5:45pm (EST)

WORKING: When 'Nice' People Lose
By Joshua Stewart
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Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Even though several recent studies have shown nice people are perceived as less powerful and are less likely to get leadership roles at work, Brandon Smith says we don’t want to throw niceness out the window. (Photo Courtesy of <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/timpatterson/476098132/>Tim Patterson via Flickr</a>.)
Even though several recent studies have shown nice people are perceived as less powerful and are less likely to get leadership roles at work, Brandon Smith says we don’t want to throw niceness out the window. (Photo Courtesy of Tim Patterson via Flickr.)
“Nice guys finish last” is cliché, but it can also be true at work.

Recent studies are pointing to the fact that people tend to pass over nicer people when they look for leadership in times of turmoil, instead favoring more aggressive, seemingly powerful individuals.

Workplace and career coach Brandon Smith says that doesn’t mean we need to all forego our manners in order to get ahead.

Brandon Smith teaches about leadership, communication, and workplace culture at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. More of his advice is on his blog and at theworkplacetherapist.com. And while you’re there, ask him your workplace or career question. We might use your question on a future radio segment.