We all experience trauma at some point in our lives, both in our personal and professional lives. We tend to think about trauma mostly in relation to our personal lives, but many traumatic experiences can transpire in our workplace, such as being intimidated, demoted or retrenched. We often find that, especially when we have a heavy workload, we just soldier on without acknowledging the consequences of not dealing with the pain.
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.