The Humble Teammate
False humility always irritates me more than arrogance. At least arrogance is honest. False humility tends to deflect responsibility and dismiss the hard work and effort it took to succeed. I want to be on a team with teammates who acknowledge when they do a good job so we can look at what we did to achieve that result. Arrogance is easy to spot and therefore easier to deal with. False humility is born out of the sentiment that we can’t be too proud of what we have accomplished and that it is bad form to celebrate a success. If I am a humble teammate, then I won’t have a self-deprecating view of my abilities but rather an accurate view of abilities and liabilities. I am not good at everything, but I am really good at some things and that is why I am on the team.