Sometimes we find ourselves in a position where we have a great idea that will improve processes or the output of the organisation, but being blocked by the person who has to approve the idea. We then need to make the decision whether we are going to let our idea die there, or find another way to bring the idea to life. Sometimes it does mean that we have to give up on claiming the glory for ourselves in order for the idea to see the light of day.
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.