I really enjoyed David Brooks opinion piece on mental virtual, although I probably would have come up with a different label than “virtue”.
Here is his list. Tell me which ones you agree with are universally good to have:
- Love of learning
- Willingness to hold unpopular views (but not stuck to them)
- Knowing when to be daring and when to be cautious
- Being firm – a balance between bending to disagreement and rigidity
- Humility – not letting the need to be accurate turn into a need to be right and/or a need to feel superior.
- Autonomy – balance between accepting the guidance of others and resisting it.
- Willingness to share knowledge – knowledge can be valuable, so sharing it involves some risk.
- Willingness to share credit – being credited with developing knowledge has value, so sharing credit involves some cost.
- Understanding context – we are all subject to human nature and cultural biases. Can we recognize and account for these?
I am really interested in your thoughts. Especially if I misinterpreted any of his ideas.