“Be afraid not of those bigger than you, but of those smaller than you.”
Remember its easier to pull a person down than to push him down. Remember David and Goliath? I know David was supposed to be the good guy but the idea I’m talking about is that it takes a smaller being to bring down a bigger being. Read that in my context as “The less talented, the less intelligent, the less qualified individual is likely to have more room in his head to devise cunning and underhand ways to steal your work, to badmouth you and bring you to ruin.” Also, going back to the story of David and Goliath, the higher you are, the more difficult it gets to see missiles heading your way, while the gunner has all the time in world to aim and let fly…and watch you crash.
Maybe that should make you feel good that people obviously look up to you to feel insecure because of your superiority. Fine, enjoy the high but also be careful. There are far too many rats in the race through the corporate jungle and judging by the lessons of evolution, they are likely to survive long after the lions and tigers.
This is my learning from my past experiences. My resolution remains, never to become a rat, but to carry a can of rat-poison wherever I venture.