Here’s an intriguing comment by Slate’s Emily Yoffe, aka Dear Prudence.
While responding to a question sent in by someone who works for a nonprofit, Yoffe remarked:
Horrible bosses show up everywhere, but my inbox shows a preponderance of them are do-gooders by profession. The work required to make the world better seems to attract people with a gift for making the lives of the people around them worse.
Ironically, those who tend to believe as an article of faith that the profit motive corrupts people by making them into oppressive exploiters tend to be more inconsiderate and exploitative than are those who work for profit-making enterprises.
We can extend the question: are do-gooders by nature horrible people? Or do horrible people try to mask their bad character by becoming do-gooders?
It’s not a scientific survey, but it is well worth some consideration.