Are you an arrogant leader? Not sure? There are some hallmark behaviors for recognizing arrogance. Fortunately, it’s a trait that can be reversed if you focus hard on changing specific self-absorbed behaviors.
There’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance. When leaders are confident, they have a deep belief in their ability to make a difference in the world. Confidence is an important competency in leadership, and it’s critical to leadership success. Confidence is motivating and inspirational to others. It gives them the ability to take the risks needed to stay innovative and push the team or organization further ahead.
Arrogance crosses the line of confidence. Arrogant people believe they no longer have a need to learn, grow, or change. They wholeheartedly believe they’re right and others are wrong.
Arrogance destroys the valuable, and absolutely essential, relationships a leader has with other team members. Even more devastating is the feeling arrogant behavior creates in others. People have no desire or motivation to follow an arrogant leader. Sometimes the arrogance is so repugnant that people cheer when arrogant people fail, even if it means they suffer, too.
Arrogant leaders embody several traits and behaviors that are detrimental to their leadership success.
Believe They are Smarter
Arrogant individuals truly believe they are the smartest person in the organization.