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?