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Researcher: Arrogance Derails Careers

AKRON, Ohio, Dec. 5 (UPI) — An Ohio researcher said he and his team found workplace arrogance is often used to mask inadequacies and will likely derail a worker’s career.

Stanley Silverman, an organizational and industrial psychologist and a dean at the University of Akron, said the team interviewed hundreds of people over four years in an attempt to quantify workplace arrogance, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported Monday.

“If you’re being arrogant, you’re going to derail your own career,” Silverman said. “It’s just a matter of when. Nobody is irreplaceable.”

He said his team created an arrogance scale based in part on 26 measures of performance, including a worker believing in his or her superiority to other workers and making decisions affecting others without listening to their opinions.

Silverman said the research indicates people who display arrogance in the workplace are often attempting to conceal shortcomings such as incompetence or low self-esteem.

“Here’s what happens,” Silverman said. “I’m worried that other people are going to realize that I’m not very competent at my job, so I’m going to put other people down, criticize others and belittle my employees because somehow I think I’m going to look better that way. If I put down everybody around me, it makes my candle shine a little brighter.”

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