A general dictionary defines arrogance in many ways like, “offensive display of superiority, self-importance, overbearing pride, pompous, haughtiness, behaving in a superior manner toward inferiors, etc.” Each one of us would have definitely seen or experienced arrogance by someone at some time. An arrogant person can impact you in many ways, and depending on your current position you may or may not be able to control such people. For example, an arrogant professor, teacher, boss or reputed personalities can make life hell for all his subordinates, and continue to behave with brazen superiority with everyone for years. Often you will not be able to do anything because such people control your core necessities like passing exams, promotions, salary hikes, sales figures, brand, etc. In some cases you can hit back with all your power at arrogant people. Nevertheless arrogant people in all walks of life are a pain and will be an important topic of discussion everywhere. Behind the back gossip like, "He or she has become arrogant, but wasn’t like that before" is quite common in most workplaces, amongst friends, relatives, etc. However it does not mean people will be arrogant with everyone, but they will definitely not miss an opportunity to demonstrate it on someone they can afford to be rude with. Often the person being branded arrogant may not truly realize they have indeed become arrogant. It is always someone else who can be arrogant, but not we. We rarely think of ourself as being arrogant. But arrogance does exist in various degrees in everyone, including you and me. Now suppose you discover that people who matter to you are calling you arrogant behind your back? Or worse, someone tells you flat on your face that you are indeed arrogant. What will be your reaction? Being branded arrogant is something that nobody would like to hear. It can rudely jolt you from the grand benevolent image you hold of yourself. You could get furious, outraged and vehemently disagree with their opinion, or you can stop and think of it as a wake up call to mend your ways.
Arrogance is like a special body odour that you can’t smell, but others can. But unless somebody tells you openly, or you have a mirror of snow white's stepmother you don’t get to know it. Similar to how people recognize the harmful effects of junk food, high cholesterol, etc., it is also important to recognize some vital signs that could make one arrogant over time. So what are those signs that can make you arrogant? Here are seven signs that could make you arrogant over time, unless you take appropriate steps to puncture your bloated ego periodically.
Thejendra BS is an IT manager & consultant for a software development firm in Bangalore, India. Starting as a field engineer in the previous century, he has 17+ years experience in a variety of IT roles like Support, Helpdesk, DRP-BCP, Asset Management, IT Security, etc., and has worked in India, Middle East, Singapore and Australia. In addition, he also writes humor, technical and serious management topics, and strongly believes humor is the most powerful of all leadership styles. His articles have appeared on reputed websites like geekleaders.com, drj.com, sourcingmag.com and many ezines. He has written two books on IT Service Management and Disaster Recovery (available on http://www.itgovernance.co.uk ) and a series of nutty Business Humor books called Corporate Wardrobe, available on http://www.ebookomatic.com . Contact the author on firstname.lastname@example.org
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