I know this is hard to believe, but despite over a decade of active duty in the Army, I am not always a very good team player. But I was awesome to have on your college class group project once upon a time, so long as you didn’t want to actually contribute or anything, because my grades were far too important to be left in the hands of The Other.
At first glance, this looks like teamwork. I even thought I was good at being part of the team for a long time because of it. In reality, however, it’s simply my near-pathological need to be in editorial control, expressed poorly and long before I talked people into giving me actual legitimate editorial control.
…and of course now I end up doing the same thing for entirely different reasons. These days, its realpolitik instead of ego.
Okay, there’s still a little ego.