Slacker Manager has a great post today on The Honor of Humility which I think is well worth reading for bloggers.
I’m not sure whether blogging attracts big egos or creates them – but most bloggers that I know struggle with it at some time or another (or at least should). I’m as guilty of it as the next person and have had a few times over the last few years where I’ve needed learnt a lesson or two in this area.
I like Brendon’s approach to humility because as he says it’s often equated as being weak:
“Humility has historically gotten a bad rap. A lot of folks seem to equate humility with being a pushover. Far from it (for example, Gandhi was humble and physically small, but he was no pushover). From my management-oriented point of view, humility is simply our ability to see that we can’t do much on our own. For example, I know that any credit given to me is really a reflection of the willingness of my staff to take action. Generally speaking, my role in our sucesses is relatively small. If we fail, though, I’ll assume more “credit.””
As bloggers we often go on about collaboration and the wisdom of the crowd but then quite often go on to act alone and write as though we have a monopoly on truth.