They have to complete for popularity in school because they never standout. So they have to make others look bad.
They have to get good grades to be competitive for good job. By make the competition look incompetent.
While at work they compete for raises and advancements by brow beating people down, and keeping them in their place.
All along it was the hard way. When empowering people was the easy way.
People who have it easy seem to care a whole lot about people. People like, and follow people who care about them.
When we care about people we win popularity. We get good jobs, and we head projects, and teams.