Too often whistleblowers find their worst nightmare becoming a reality, i.e. losing their jobs, being victimised, being ostracised, demoted etc. Blowing the whistle without considering the consequences and without a strategy is where whistleblowers become their own worst enemies.
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.