Arrogance and Insecurity Destroys Teamwork

Arrogance Leads to Insecurity

Arrogance leads to insecurity!

In the past 20 years of my ministry and business endeavors I have discovered that there are two major characteristics that can destroy 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 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 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 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?

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About Dale Roach

Dale is the creator of "Like A Team." He has been working with businesses, charity organizations, volunteer groups and church groups in the development of teamwork for over 25 years. The goal of "Like A Team" is to help share the knowledge and skills of healthy team creators across the planet.
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2 responses to Arrogance and Insecurity Destroys Teamwork


  1. Matthew Ohrt

    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.

    • 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!

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