Acting superior but actually inferior? Correlates and consequences of workplace arrogance

Russell E. Johnson, Stanley B. Silverman, Aarti Shyamsunder, Hsien Yao Swee, O. Burcu Rodopman, Eunae Cho, Jeremy Bauer

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Accounts of arrogant employees abound, yet there is little systematic research on arrogance within organizations. In response to this oversight, this article presents the findings from four studies. In Studies 1 and 2, the authors developed the Workplace Arrogance Scale and found support for its convergent and discriminant validity. In Study 3, the Workplace Arrogance Scale was included as part of a 360-degree performance feedback survey. Results revealed that there was satisfactory agreement between self- and other-ratings of arrogance. The authors also found that arrogance was negatively related to self- and other-rated task performance. Findings from Study 4 suggested that arrogance is negatively related to cognitive ability and self-esteem. The authors conclude by discussing the theoretical and practical implications of these findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-427
Number of pages25
JournalHuman Performance
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychology(all)
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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