It’s quite common to think that, we should not measure ourselves against others i.e thinking one is inferior, equal or superior, but…
Here in, AN 5.180 Gavesi sutta,
We find an upasaka, a leader of a group, I suppose like a lay ‘meditation’ group, therefore he always tries to be better than others in the group.
This can come across as quite conceited or arrogant, yet he leads his group and himself to attain complete freedom, through his ‘spiritual one-upmanship’.
He walks a gradual successive path, pulling others with him.
The Buddha then encourages the attitude of:
"Striving,to go higher and higher, better and better, we will realize the supreme bliss of freedom.’
Gavesi, is not trying to compete with others, but he is trying to be better because he is suppose to be a leader.
It seems like a good thing?