Are You Really a Team Player? 8 Honest Questions for Overcoming Ego at Work

by | Dec 11, 2015

An oldie, but a goodie – this ad says it all.

“Anything you can do, I can do better. I can do anything better than you…”

Have you ever felt this way in a meeting with a co-worker, competing for a promotion, or even through conflict of personalities, professional jealousy or communication problems at work?

I raise my hand first to all of this. As a matter of fact, I started my career thinking that if I could prove to everyone that I was better, faster and smarter, I could not only win at the game of work, but also the game of life.

The result? Distrust in my team, micromanaging the details of projects “only I could do right”, an increase in my own insecurities and a lack of overall growth, both personally and professionally.

You see, the problem wasn’t that I wanted to do my work with excellence – instead, it was the fact that I made everything about my own pride and insecurities.

Looking back, I wish I had turned to God.

If you feel how I felt, ask Him these honest questions:

What’s truly best for my team and company?

Is this really the right business decision or am I making it about me again?

Do I doubt this person because they are incapable or simply because we have differences / differing opinions?

Let’s be honest. Does this person threaten me? If so, why?

Is my influence at work constructive or destructive?

Do my actions reflect genuine care for my team or my pride?

Am I reacting to workplace conflict out of an unhealthy fear?

Am I seeking validation from the wrong sources for the wrong reasons?

Ego may have its set of short-term benefits, but we have to lay it aside if we want to be the best version of ourselves at work.

God has a lot to say about pride and ego. But more importantly, he promises we can lean on him for understanding whenever we face these challenges. When we turn to him in our work, we free ourselves completely of the burden felt when we going at it alone.