If you’re like most people, you have an innate desire to contribute to your team and organization — and to shine in the eyes of your manager. In trying to prove yourself, demonstrate your skills, and make an impact, however, be careful to avoid the appearance of arrogance.
Strive to be the person “who adds terrific value and is liberal in their appreciation of others,” recommends workplace specialist Tracy Brower. In her Forbes.com article “Confidence Without Arrogance: Why You Should Stop Trying To Be The Smartest Person In The Room — Six Tips To Avoid The Arrogance Trap,” Brower offers actionable tips to be confident and appropriately humble.
- In challenging the group, focus on ideas for the “benefit of the group and the quality of its output.”
- Acknowledge the value of others’ ideas.
- Listen and ask questions to understand unique perspectives.
- Seek out different opinions by encouraging dialogue.
- Invite input and collaboration. As Brower says, “People are more convinced to try something new when they have the opportunity to shape the solution.”
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