I'm sure you have heard the saying "Nice guys finish last." Is it true? Unless you're citing Aesop's fable of the tortoise and the hare as an example, new research out of Bern University in Switzerland just might prove that nice guys really do finish last, rather than it being just another popular phrase.
In the study, scientists have linked a “dark triad” of personality traits to highly successful people across the corporate world. These traits are Machiavellianism (cunning, deceitful, unscrupulous), narcissism (self-centeredness, smugness, egocentrism) and psychopathy (
It turns out that in the business world, possessing these traits could mean more corporate success. These traits could possibly translate into a higher position, more responsibility, a higher salary, and more importantly, a higher level of job satisfaction.
So if you always thought your boss is crazy, you might not be that far off. Watching your movements under your desk might not be the best way to make your employees happy, but if it means success, that's what a boss who possesses one of the dark traits might do to get ahead of the competition. Maybe welcoming in a new era of robot bosses doesn't seem so bad after all.
So where do you sit? How dark is your personality? The Dark Triad Questionnaire can help you figure it out. Keep in mind that this quiz is solely designed for entertainment purposes, however, the questions asked in the quiz are inspired by a different scientific study exploring dark personality traits.
The quiz shouldn't take longer than five minutes. All you need to do is answer a series of questions where you either strongly disagree, are neutral, or strongly agree, by adjusting the slider. Make sure you answer the questions truthfully. Once all the questions are answered, submit your answers and see where you sit on the scale.
If you're a nice guy though, don't worry. While possessing one of the dark triad traits might help you get ahead in the business world, these traits can also be linked to fraud, insider trading, embezzlement and other forms of corruption.