It's been a long time since I've read Dilbert, but Scott Adams is as funny as ever. Another great article on OpsLadder provided ten ways to tell if, as a leader, you're arrogant or confident.
Hanging around with sci fi writers for years has exposed me to a pretty significant number of people who come across as arrogant. One very common trait among arrogant writers is the desire to always have the last word, or "topping" comment. Carmine Gallo, the Ops Ladder author, mentioned a person with a rep for arrogance who was talking with Carmine about a shark documentary. I'm guessing Carmine was watching "Shark Week" and mentioned one of the shows. "That's nothing," Mr. Arrogant topped. "I swim with the sharks."
One person we're seeing a lot of lately is Donald Trump. The Donald has quite a reputation for arrogance, but I've watched quite a few of The Apprentice shows (I thought about trying to go on it when it was first on! What did I know? I'm sure I never would have made it). Anyway, here's a picture of The Donald letting Larry King play with his famous hair. Why is The Donald's hair famous? Well . . . I'm one of those who comes down on the side of - his combover is super-long and I think he delicately folds it over like egg whites on lemon meringue pie, then "glazes" it in place with some type of hair product. Just a theory.
I don't think The Donald is arrogant. I think he's supremely confident. I've never heard The Donald "top" egregiously. He always looks others in the eye. He waits to speak and seldom interrupts. All of those bad traits are arrogant-person traits.
One of my "favorite" (not) traits of arrogant people mentioned in the article (twice, actually - I'm guessing Carmine isn't too fond of it either) is the way that some of the Arrogants always look past or beyond you when they're talking to you. Carmine said, "The arrogant person will constantly be looking past you for someone else to talk to — someone they think will benefit them more than you."
The Arrogants also know everyone and will lose no opportunity to mention their connection to the rich, powerful and/or famous. They frequently minimize or overlook the accomplishments of others.
Speaking of a pretty obvious Arrogant - How about them Dodgers? Just as hurt as all the others who bleed Dodger blue. Thanks, Mr. McCourt. Let's hope the people who really do care about the team can work it out.