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You Can Be Arrogant and Smart - But If You're Smart You Won't Be Arrogant
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 2:34 PM

You Can Be Arrogant and Smart - But If You're Smart You Won't Be Arrogant

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 2:34 PM
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 2:34 PM

As public leaders, we care about our public image. Image is the root word of imagine.

The image you and I project is a reflection of who and what we want people to imagine us to be.

"Look at me! I project everything good and wholesome and right and clean. I am so much better than... just look at me." Really?

Image is not necessarily a bad thing. However, when you and I imagine we are more superior, more attractive, smarter; better than and more entitled than others because of position, pedigree or power - and snobbishly act it out as though it were true, it becomes an image of swagger and arrogance.

On the other hand, you and I can be genuine, selfless and without pretense - leading, guiding and serving others with excellence, humility and grace - that's smart.

You can be arrogant and smart; but if you're smart, you won't be arrogant.

Arrogance is a product of pride. God hates pride and pride is at the root of every public leader's fall from grace. Whether politician or preacher.

Not extramarital affairs. Not money laundering. Not fraud. Not bribery. Pride. Arrogance is the rotten fruit that grows from the rotten root - pride.

Pride makes us BELIEVE we can get away with these things. And in arrogance, we act them out.

It's the same trap so many get caught in. And in shame are rendered useless.

Arrogance builds the ego, but it rots the soul. 

Arrogance has cost millionaires their fortunes, professional athletes their careers, leaders and preachers their reputations, executives their positions and everyday people their livelihoods - leaving behind trails of wrecked lives, broken marriages and damaged families.

God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6 1 Peter 5:5).

Keep it real and stay humble.

Pride is the mousetrap and arrogance is the cheese. 

Dorothy Burton is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Christians in Public Service, Inc. and the author of the book, Why We Fall.

She is a popular writer and speaker, speaking to faith and non-faith based groups, organizations and local governments on servant leadership and current events impacting public policy and American culture - offering practical and biblical solutions to common leadership challenges uncommon in 21st century public space.

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