It is only in recent times that we have started to see a shift in the understanding of the role of organisations in the broader society. Corporates cannot only have a one-dimensional view of their role in society, which is based on a drive to create wealth for shareholders. It is not just about making money without considering the outcomes and impact on society. Organisations are corporate citizens that either make a nett positive contribution or negative contribution to society. If your organisation is not a good neighbour, it runs the risk of suffering significant reputational damage in the long run.
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.