Interesting article on “Academic Assholes” that got me thinking.
I have to admit that I have less and less patience for working with people that are jerks. That may give the appearance of greater intelligence and competence, but they’re usually not. There are lots of great business (and academic) leaders out there who are “nice” and successful. You just don’t get to hear about them because they’re also not narcissistic or histrionic (i.e. they don’t sell books or newspapers).