2 Attitudes That Will Destroy Teamwork -Arrogance and Insecurity

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Arrogance Leads to Insecurity
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2 Attitudes That Will Destroy Teamwork -Arrogance and Insecurity

In the past 20 years of my ministry and business endeavors I have discovered that there are two major characteristics that can destroy teamwork in any organization. Those two characteristics are arrogance and insecurity.

Some people may think that there is a big difference between arrogance and insecurity however, I have discovered that these two characteristics work hand-in-hand. In fact, I have come to believe that these personality traits feed on one another.

Those who carry the characteristics of pride, boastfulness, self-centeredness, and self-promoting are usually those who can be classified as arrogant. This personality trait does not allow the skills of other individuals to be utilized.

Most arrogant personalities have come to the conclusion that they have the right answers and in most cases the only answers. This may come across as an arrogant person while at the same time this type of person inwardly is very insecure.

An arrogant personality type fears the ideas and insights of others. This fear comes from believing or thinking that someone else’s ideas and insights may be better than their own. Therefore, to protect themselves from embarrassment an attitude of arrogance is created. This type of insecure behavior will not allow for the insights, wisdom, and knowledge of others to be utilized. Therefore, arrogance is cloaking the insecurity.

What do you think about arrogance and insecurity?

Dale Roach

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5 thoughts on “2 Attitudes That Will Destroy Teamwork -Arrogance and Insecurity

  1. Matthew Ohrt says:

    I have found the same in my work with teams. I was curious if anyone else had made this connection and in reading this post it is clear you have. I observed this phenomonen years ago and have been pondering it since. I have learned how arrogance is a cover, a cloak, as you put it, for insecurity. Insecurity seems to root from a lack of ability or willingness to trust others. When this is mixed with a high need for achievement, attention, or notoriety, it can become dangerous. The more the person feels threatened by another, the more they work to cover it. This can manifest itself to a point in which the person will manipulate, play politics, or backstabb in order to remove that person from being a threat in any way they can.

    1. Matthew, it is great to read your response. It is also a pleasure to read the thoughts of someone else who has dealt with this matter. I am convinced that arrogance is often the cloak of insecurity. Those individuals I have encountered in life who have confidence in themselves do not spend time being arrogant. In fact, the extremely smart people are very humble. I remember watching one of my seminary professors walking into the main lobby one afternoon and proving this statement. Here was a man who could speak several languages. He would often translate books into English for students. As he was coming into the lobby a little 3 year old who was with her parent was amazed at this 6ft 8inch tall professor. As I watched from a distance I saw the professor drop down on the floor with this little one, so he could look her straight in the eyes and begin to talk to her on her level. After watching for a few minutes I had a friend tell me, “You know he teaches the 3 year old kids in Sunday School at his church.”

      Those who have wisdom and power don’t have to it prove through arrogance. The actions of that professor that day showed me a very intelligent and secure individual.

      Thanks again for your insights!

  2. Steve Bauer says:

    The title of this article says it all. I believe every person has worked with people who are like this. Heck, I might have been like this. Hopefully, by the grace of God, I am better. For me, working with team members who have insecurities is the hardest blow to the gut. 2 dangerous phenomenons occur here. First, insecure people no longer have your best interest in mind. They no longer think of others before themselves (Phil 2:3). This could lead to a multitude of other sins/problems that tear down reationships. Second, the equipping of the Saints ceases to exist. Insecure people do not want others to succeed because now they are perceived as a threat to their own position/status. The biblical position is to train the Saints in our own position (Eph 3:12-16). This makes the church stronger and more effective! More people can minister.

    Solutions that I have found helpful is leading myself first. I have a 16 pg leadership portfolio that I review weekly to help me evaluate my attitudes and intentions. Second, I do everything in my power to create a culture of trust, respect, communication and collaboration on teams I ‘m on. Teams that have these characteristics feel safe to speak up at those certain times and so we can honestly speak into each others’ lives with love. I’ve been on teams with and without these characteristics. It is plain to see the healthy team vs. the team that is just going thru the motions. We all need to focus more on being like Jesus and less focused on ourselves. Pray that I will model this in my own life!

    1. Steve, it is always good to read your thoughts and comments. Arrogance and insecurity are extremely powerful tools that I have seen in many organizations and congregations. It is a challenge to deal with insecure people. Your solution in dealing with “myself first” is key! I would really like to hear more about your 16 page leadership portfolio in dealing with your own attitude and intentions. That sounds like a healthy approach. Thanks for sharing your approach!

  3. steve bauer says:

    Ooops. I meant *Eph 4:11-16, not Eph 3:12-16

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