I think these attitudes are mostly for the best, though I think I would seek to modify them in some ways.
In this post, I want to focus in on how false modesty, an emotion I think people sometimes develop as a corrective against arrogance, can actually become a counter-productive kind of With seemingly any power comes the power to hurt.
At one of the many schools where I have either taught or studied (I’m being as vague as possible to minimize people’s abilities to accurately guess who I am talking about—please don’t try, it’s not important), there is a powerful professor whose actions show he cares quite a bit about students.
It is easiest for powerful people to unthinkingly hurt less powerful people because in those cases ramifications to the powerful are least likely to come or are least likely to be potent should they come at all.
One thing I have noticed is that an internalized sense of false modesty helps people underestimate their own power.
So she might avoid indulging in feelings of great superiority because such feelings make her feel vainglorious or selfish or megalomaniacal or arrogant, etc. But when you do not viscerally of those power differentials and their possible perils.
This makes it easier for you to fail to take proper care about the ways that those power differentials put extra burdens of responsibility on you to make sure you are benefitting, rather than harming, those who your power affects.