Most of us walk around thinking that everyone around us see the world exactly the way we see it. Understanding that people experience the world differently and that we all look at the world through different lenses is an important leadership skill. When we make judgement calls that affect people’s lives, and we do so from a one-dimensional view, we could easily miss the mark and have an adverse effect on others, thus failing in our role as a leader.
It is incumbent on each of us to constantly evaluate whether our moral compass is still pointing to our true north. We need to continually ask ourselves whether our actions are informed by our own beliefs that we carefully considered, before we concluded that they are fit to be used in our moral compass. How certain are we that we are not just believing what we are because those around us believe it? Or, that we are believing what we are because those who we have crowned with a halo believe it? Applying one’s own mind is paramount if we were to avoid the temptation of outsourcing our morality to others.