There is an infinitely fine line between having confidence and begin arrogant. I think many leaders struggle with knowing the difference between the two. As a matter of fact, I posted an article yesterday from my friend Brian Dodd titled, “9 Things Every Young Leader Must Have To Be Successful”. It is based on an interview with Jon Gruden talking about the quarterbacks entering the 2014 NFL Draft.

Number 6 on the list is “Confidence”. Gruden says, “I want confidence. I want that to ooze out of my quarterback”. After posting the article, I had some great conversation on twitter about determining the difference between confidence and arrogance. Here is my list for distinguishing between confidence and arrogance.

Confidence Arrogance
Result of hard work and preparation Result of thinking you’re superior to everyone else
Attracts Repels
Self-assurance Self-importance
Inward attitude All about outward appearance
Listens Brags
Thrives when others succeed Is threatened when others succeed
Seeks the truth Thinks their opinions equal truth
Admits when they’re wrong Never admit their mistakes
Builds others up Puts others down
Humility Pride

What would you add to the list?

3 thoughts on “Confidence vs. Arrogance

    1. Thanks for commenting. That’s so good. When you have high expectations for yourself, you will lead by example. On the other hand, you lead by force when you place unreal expectations on others.

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