We all know the HR thing, you know the one…….the “we’re not taking seriously” thing. The “nobody loves us” thing. And before you click away, I’m not going down THAT path! As posted chez Laurie this week, I only have a finite time on the planet and I’ve wasted enough time on that debate already!
Instead I want to ask you about confidence. And more importantly when confidence becomes arrogance.
I am good at my job. This is a fact. I know this because of the feedback I get and because of the progress I make. One of the things that makes me good is confidence.
When I arrive at an organisation, walk into a room, meet with someone for the first time, I need to show them that I know my stuff, I know that I am good and I know that I can add value. I’ve learnt from working with several CEOs that if you are timid you are done for. If you hesitate, contradict, stumble, mumble, fumble…..you are not going to get their time, their attention or their backing.
But….and this is a big but (no sniggering at the back please)…..I often get called arrogant. And not once or twice, but on a reoccurring basis throughout my life.
Now I don’t think I’m arrogant. In fact in many, many circumstances and in a large part of my life I am critically lacking in confidence and self-belief. But clearly there is something in the way that I hold myself or behave that makes people think that I am arrogant.
So my question is, is there a difference between self confidence and arrogance and if so what is it? And in some professions, do you need to have greater levels of self confidence/arrogance to survive?