It is always easier for us to recognise unethical behaviour in others than it is to detect it in ourselves. Similarly it is easier to recognise when someone else is compromised. Recognising when our judgement is impaired and that we are no longer independent, as a result of being influenced by others or because of fear of losing our income, is far more difficult than recognising it in someone else.
We are often quite unaware of how our belief systems are influenced by various external factors, and how those beliefs may impact on our decisions and actions. Not interrogating information that we are being fed on a daily basis could quite easily lead to a skewed view of reality, which may lead to inappropriate decisions or actions. Reflecting on how we have come to our conclusions should be standard practice for leaders.