One is, often, left wonderstruck at the way power morphs people's personalities beyond recognition. It seems as if some internal button is suddenly switched on and the attitude changes along with the position. Most often, the question that lingers in most people's mind is, "Can this be the same person who was such a sweetheart not too long ago?"
Sadly, it is the same person. The only change is the inability of that person to handle the trappings of the position. Insecurity is, most often, the prime culprit behind displays of arrogance because after being thrusted to the ionosphere the person is unable to fathom the possibility of gravity. Hence, he or she would do anything to maintain this comfortable perch upon the peak. Even if involves defying logic and common sense.
It might seem that I am making a fat assumption here because, obviously, there are many people in powerful positions who do not behave in this fashion. That's true. But we are talking about insecure, unqualified and immature people pushed up the ladder. It only takes a rare soul to recognise his or her limitations, work alongside one's subordinates, capitalise on available strengths and be aggressively focused towards a vision. It's a rare soul who does that. And it would do most corporates a lot of good if they keep a sharp eye on the lookout for such rare souls.
Or am I simply making assumptions?