I'm looking for a slick way of saying a person is able to override their ego, or place their ego in the service of a higher goal. For example "He is able to subvert his ego for the needs of the team", but that seems a bit awkward to me. Any better ideas?

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  • I think the idea you have in mind is subordinate (to make subject or subservient ," according to Merriam-Webster), not subvert (to overturn or overthrow from the foundations: RUIN"). But subordinate normally takes the preposition to, not for. So the sentence would read, "He is able to subordinate his ego to the needs of the team." But this suggestion is simply a word choice recommendation. – Sven Yargs Dec 29 '16 at 19:43

You could try rearranging the order:

He is able to put the needs of the team ahead of his ego.


You could say that "He is able to sacrifice his needs for those of his team."

  1. the surrender or destruction of something prized or desirable for the sake of something considered as having a higher or more pressing claim.

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