So it got me thinking about where that fine line is when it comes to being confident as opposed to being arrogant. In other words, as you go down that slippery slope, when does confidence morph into arrogance?
Let’s begin with the Merriam-Webster Dictionary definitions of each.
1. A feeling or consciousness of one’s powers or of reliance on one’s circumstances.
2. Faith or belief that one will act in a right, proper, or effective way.
3. The quality or state of being certain.
1. An attitude of superiority manifested in an overbearing manner or in presumptuous claims or assumptions.
Pretty clear-cut distinction wouldn’t you agree? A confident person would certainly agree. An arrogant person might argue a point or two and make it known that their definitions were better than Merriam-Webster.
Larry Ellison: Arrogant?
Bill Gates: Confident?
Steve Jobs: A Toss-up?
You’ve run into both types. It’s probably been in either or both: personal and career situations. Personally, I’ve learned a lot from both types of people. It’s easier to learn from the confident person but I can honestly say that some of the best lessons came from the arrogant SOB.
Now, can someone exhibit both traits at the appropriate times and be even more effective?
Is there something called, “Corporate Arrogance?”
Can an animal be confident or arrogant?
What about a sports team demeanor – confident or arrogant?
Here’s the answer to above question about whether an animal can exhibit either of these traits.
We owned several Arabian horses. One of the horses we purchased was named “Arrogant.” The horse NEVER won a single class in any horse show.
My next blog post will deal with the question of whether there can be a “Corporate Arrogance.”
Good luck and good networking.
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