Why are leaders so arrogant?

Posted by John Anumba

It doesn’t matter how much you want to make arrogance seem negative, but the truth remains that most leaders are arrogant because the traits they exhibit are able to get them to top positions.

I’ll be honest here, arrogant people are able to become leaders because they are the most motivated in their team to achieve top positions.

What motivates an arrogant person to attain leadership

The motivation to become a leader is not because they have what it takes but because they desire to become the center of attraction, to be the one in power, and to be the one to call the shots.

There are two types of leaders, the type that has what it takes to help his team grow, and the type that just wants to attain leadership because of the power involved therein.

If you understand what it means to be arrogant, then you will know that people like this live for the glory that comes with power.

The love of being the center of attraction makes them feel threatened when someone tries to take their positions.

Most leaders are arrogant because they understand what it takes to become powerful. 

The politics of power is not one that plays fair no matter how much we try to portray leadership as being a position that demands positive traits and self-esteem.

If you understand what politics is all about then you will know that a man in power will feel threatened when there is a possibility that there is someone that wants to take his position.

It has nothing to do with confidence because there is a distinct difference between confidence and arrogance.

The game of power in almost all aspects of life is not played on a fairground. This is why arrogant people usually turn out to be the leaders in any societal setting.

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Arrogant people play the game of power to perfection. Their desire to become the focal point of an organization drives them to bring the person in power down so as to attain leadership.

Even after becoming a leader, they are always on the lookout for subordinates that show potential in taking them out of their current position.

This constant lookout for possible threats drives them to enforce their ideas on their subordinates, not because it is the best but because they want it to be the only solution available.

If it turns out fine, they take the credit for it but when it fails, they don’t take responsibility for it but push the blame to someone in their team.

Ever wonder why the good guy in the team is always the one to take the fall when something like this happens.

For an arrogant leader, do not challenge his ideas, views, and authority because they have a good way of barking opposition into submission or silence.

The political game played by most governments of the world proves that arrogant people make up the majority of the men in power.

Even when it’s clear that their policies are wrong and will not favor the masses, they still enforce it just to prove that they are the ones in power.

They don’t care about their subordinates and citizens because to them they are the weaklings. One clear trait of arrogant people is that they despise people they deem weak.

If you show potentials by achieving something greater than the leader of your team, he will look for ways to deny you of the credit and diminish your achievement just to ensure that you do not rise to a position that threatens his status as the focal point of the organization.

It is clear that confident leaders are not scared of other people’s achievements but the game of power and leadership is not played on a fairground which is why arrogant people most times become leaders.

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How does arrogance cause leadership failure?

  1. Jealousy

One reason why arrogant leaders fail is jealousy. Their inability to recognize greater achievements and better ideas can affect the productivity of the whole team.

Jealousy causes them to see prospects as threats to their position. This feeling of jealousy drives them to either break this person or get them out of their team.

This can lead to leadership failure – getting rid of the talents that can be added advantage to the whole team.

  1. Pride

The sense of being the most important person in the room will surely affect a person’s ability to be a team player. A leader that is this proud will sure want to take all the shine and ensure no other person in the team is capable of taking after them.

Pride is the main reason why arrogant people feel they are better than the rest people in the room. This exaggerated sense of importance will surely lead to failure in leadership.

  1. Not taking responsibility

Leadership failure is obvious with an arrogant person that is unable to take responsibility for his mistakes and errors. Arrogant people would rather shift the blame to someone in the team.

A leader that is rude to subordinates and fails to take responsibility will not grow as a person and in leadership.

  1. Fear of losing the top position

Arrogant people are always scared of being replaced as the most important person in the room. This fear drives their desire to secure their spot. 

Arrogant people are known to go the extra mile to remain the main focus in an organization. Rather than appreciate talents and nurture them, they find ways to silence these talented prospects.

  1. Not accepting better ideas
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Leadership failure becomes inevitable when new and better ideas are shut down because someone wants success stories to be about him. 

This is common with arrogant leaders. Opposing ideas are rejected, rather the ideas of the arrogant leader are forced on the team not minding if they are bad not the best to increase productivity.

It is obvious that an organization where better and innovative ideas are not allowed to thrive cannot grow.

  1. Taking team credit for self

The most demotivating act of an arrogant leader is the act of taking credit that belongs to the whole team. It is not just wrong but demotivating to the whole team.

Since then want the world to revolve around them, they don’t care what other people think or feel. Lack of empathy on the side of the leaders will indeed affect their relationship with their team.

It kills morale and makes them less inspiring to their followers.

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