Most of us are oblivious to the fact that the reality we’re experiencing is not necessarily shared by others. We all look at the world and interpret what is happening around us through our own lens, which is informed by our frame of reference, our background and preferences. Being able to recognise that there are other realities based on the lenses that others are looking through is not an easy task. Being able to look through the lenses of others and understand their realities is a skill. Leaders must have the ability to look through different lenses in order to make real informed decisions and fully comprehend the impact of their decisions.
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.