"…pride leads to executive failure because it leads to impatience, an unwillingness to build consensus, the inability to receive criticism, and the unwillingness to endure periods of trial and uncertainty." – Delbecq, A. L. (1999). Christian spirituality and contemporary business leadership. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 12(4), 345.
Pride's forms of Joy, Esteem, Confidence, Haughtiness, and Hubris: A Conceptual Discussion for Leader Self-evaluation
The literature presents the 'good, the bad, and the ugly' of pride. Pride moves from healthy exaltation of others to a healthy view of personal self-efficacy and confidence, but can turn to the bad and ugly of haughtiness, hubris, and/or narcissism. When pride is kept at the healthy stage, then the virtue of humility can modulate the leader's state from lowliness to pride. But when the sin of pride begins to move to the 'bad' and 'ugly' stages, then 'all hell breaks loose' as inferred by St. Augustine and Aquinas who allude to pride being the first of all sins – what prompted Satan to rebel and illustrate Proverbs 16:18 that pride goes before destruction. Leaders would do well to regularly examine their motives and predilection toward the 'bad' and 'ugly' of pride and make use of self, as well as others-examination.
Bruce E. Winston, Ph.D.
Dr. Winston serves as both dean and associate professor of leadership at Regent University's School of Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Dr. Winston teaches, trains and consults in the areas of leadership and organizational development as well as university administration and strategic foresight. In addition, he has 19 years of experience leading organizations in the commercial printing industry and 18 years of experience leading academic units at Regent University. Dr. Winston has lectured and consulted in the United States as well as Canada, Europe, and South Africa. He also speaks and teaches in other areas including communication, quality improvement, and marketing.
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