Originally Posted by LA Guy
I'd also like to point out that the white people who tend to be promoted or otherwise end up in leadership positions tend to come from affluent households. Leadership qualities are taught and learned. Of course, there are exceptions. My brother leads a clinic of 12 doctors. I have a more entrepeneurial bent. One of my other brothers is probably going to be tracked into academic administration. Only one of us are exceptionally intelligent. However, we also came from a family where achievement and leadership was already several generations deep. It's much harder to figure out social mores when you are the first generation of college graduate. This goes for *anyone*. I've seen first generation African American, white, latino, and Asian college graduates all struggle, despite significant academic achievement.
I don't know if I completely agree with this. While I do agree that growing up in a family of leaders makes it easier, however I think some of that is in our genetics and is more nature vs. nuture. My father and his 3 brothers are first generation Americans and they all are very successful and none of them did amazing academically. My one uncle teacher told him to go to a trade school and learn HVAC or something. He told them to fuck off and he ended up being a dentist, captain in the navy, and now has his own dental practice. They all have a similar type A way about them too.
I really do think it is about having more than book smarts. They knew how to manage themselves and other people around them. So, I really don't think academics has anything to do with it, it is knowing the game and playing it in your own favor. I see it all the time at my company, these genius Asians working away, getting the boss answers as quickly and as meticulously as possible and they always complain there is no way to get ahead. Meanwhile they are always the ones sitting there waiting to be told to do things rather than making decisions on what should be done. It is like they are calculators who are there when you need them but ultimately need to be programed to do what you want.
These guys went to college and graduated like everybody else and learned the same material. Nobody in college teaches anybody how to play the corporate game, or act in your own favor and get ahead. They probably should, but the fact of the matter is that most of the learning that you do is when you are thrown to the wolves. Some people get the social aspect of it and some people don't.