Even the kindest person has their limitations. I just happen to know how to stand and fight the battle fierce and fearless. I do not believe that a person is dumb enough to allow others to manipulate them. It is just a plain misjudgement if one says it. We all have our own intellect, beliefs and values to uphold. And if a person is open for change and criticism or suggestions, one should not interpret it as a weakness of being easily influenced by others. Has it ever crossed your mind that the person you judge of being a weak link might just be a person matured enough to give the situation to you? Do not test anyone's limit coz you might be surprised. Respect others the way you want to be respected despite the position you have. It is more rewarding to be respected as a person rather than because you have the power.