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There is nothing wrong with being nice | Think Like an Editor Think Like an Editor blog by Steve Davis and Emilie Davis, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University

There is nothing wrong with being nice

By · Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

If you’ve never read the “Corner Office” feature in the Saturday edition of The New York Times, it is worth checking out. The last one was a real gem, because it hit so many key points that resonate with me.

This really hits home with my blog co-editor, who often says, “There is nothing wrong with being nice.” Lansing agrees. In fact, he says, there is something wrong with NOT being nice, and it really matters. Apparently you can be nice and be successful, which is really important in our high-pressure, “always-on” work environment, where “nice” can get left out, if considered at all. Lansing, in fact, traces being nice to the root of where successful leaders get their power. He says there is “personal power” that comes from earning real respect and “positional power” that you get just because you are the boss.

Lansing tells Adam Bryant of The Times: “If you give me someone who’s nice and who’s passionate, I can teach them everything else. I don’t care what school you went to, I don’t care where you worked before. If you give me someone with those two traits, they will nine out of 10 times be a great success in the company.”

Steve Davis

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