Being highly confident might not be bad after all with a new study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology stating that people who have the utmost confidence in themselves were more likely to be promoted in their jobs over their more competent peers.
The study was conducted by researchers at University of California Berkeley's Haas School of Business who observed over 500 students, academics and workers and found that those who were highly confident about themselves achieved a higher social status than others.
The researchers suggested that one of the reasons why highly confident people had a more successful career compared to competent people could be because they often sought power and fame.
"Our studies found overconfidence helped people attain social status. Those who believed they were better than others, even when they weren't, were given a higher place in the social ladder, and the motivation to attain higher social status therefore triggered overconfidence", lead researcher Prof Cameron Anderson said.