1. showing a consciousness or feeling of being better than or above others
  2. covertly or overtly letting people know they are beneath you
  3. haughty, above-it-all airs

"Intolerance is the most socially acceptable form of egotism, for it permits us to assume superiority without personal boasting."
Sydney J. Harris

There isn’t anything noble about being superior to another person. True nobility is in being superior to the person you once were.

Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people."
John D. Rockefeller

By helping a friend,
you can reach the stars!

  1. "I am simply better than you are."
  2. "I have more knowledge, experience, skills...."
  3. "I suppose you are doing the best you can."
  4. "You have to take into account what your starting point was."
  5. "I don't have to take you seriously or into consideration."
You feel above others as if it is a fact. Keeping a distance feels comfortable for you.


  1. You are a know-it-all.
  2. You use knowledge, power, position, experience to position yourself as being above and better than others.
  3. You are in constant competition with others, always trying to outdo them. One-upsmanship is draining you and those around you.
  4. You surround yourself with people whom you deem inferior to maintain your superiority.
  5. You ignore and minimize positive qualities in others.
  6. You disengage because you think you are more important than others.
  7. You keep people from getting too close for fear they might see through your veneer.


  1. Step out of your role and become a normal person. Get to know the people you work with on a personal level and let them get to know about you personally.
  2. While it seems paradoxical to give your position of power away, giving it away is the only way to reach humbleness.
  3. Authentically verbally acknowledge people around you for what they bring to work/relationship.
  4. Ask yourself, "What can I learn from this person?"
  5. Be a source - freely give away all your secrets for success, spread your knowledge - pride yourself on mentoring others.
  6. Establish a reputation for how you support and empower success for those who work with you.




© 2016 Jim Peal