How about we do not immediatly jump on the bandwagon by directly concluding that toxic people get ahead only because they are toxic.

Templer himself attributes their success to their performance regarding impression management and their political skills. Scoring high in the Dark Triad is obviously an advantage - but that doesn't stop any honest and humble person from acquiring these skills for themselves.

You don't have to deceive anyone in order to make a good impression. Neither are you required to scheme in order to build productive relationships with your peers.

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