Tag: Arrogance


On one hand, we compare ourselves with people below us to feel better about ourselves. We develop a bit of arrogance thinking we are better than others.

On the other hand, we compare ourselves with people above us and our pride crumbles. We never measure up. We feel as though we will never amount to anything.

Both ideas are dangerous. Someone once said, “You will never fully believe in yourself if you keep comparing yourself to everyone else.”

God made us unique. He does not expect, nor does He want, us to be someone else. He simply asks us to follow the example left by our Savior.

A Learning Leader…

The subjects of leadership and learning are interrelated. John F. Kennedy said, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”

A mindset that exists, often referred to as a leadership myth, is the idea that once someone becomes a leader they having nothing left to learn. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Arrogance is a dangerous attitude to possess. It leads to a lack of gratitude, separation, and a delusional personality. Ultimately, it destroys any possibility of leading from a godly position.

Leaders must constantly learn. They must be, as Wayne Roberts has said, “A student of the Word and of the world.”

Both require one to be a learner.

Arrogance and Leadership…

We become critical when we see arrogance. Consider the following explanation.

“Arrogant people ignore or downplay good ideas from others, as they cannot accept that others might have better ideas than themselves. This makes reasonable communication difficult and arguments impossible to resolve fairly as the arrogant person will not accept the other person’s point of view.” http://psychology.wikia.com/wiki/Arrogant

Michael Weed said, “Arrogance is ignorance in a suit.” One who is arrogant does not recognize it, indicating an ignorance beyond their own intelligence.

Leaders must guard against the appearance of arrogance. It is destructive to our influence and credibility.