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.
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.