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A new series of studies of more than 500 students, academics and workers has shown that those who appeared more confident achieved a higher social status than their peers.

These studies, by Prof Cameron Anderson of the University of California’s Berkeley Haas School of Business, have been published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

His work has relevance because, in a work environment, higher-status individuals tended to be more admired, listened to, and had more sway over group decisions.

Although workers with big egos will often perform poorly and make more mistakes, their colleagues consistently failed to spot their errors and continue to believed they are “terrific” or “beloved”. Their colleagues also mistake their confidence for talent, so they are often promoted more rapidly than others, and they end up achieving a higher social status than their peers.

Prof Cameron Anderson said that, as a result, “incompetent people…

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