“What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing.
It also depends on what sort of person you are.”
C.S. Lewis, The Magician’s Nephew
“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”
Wayne W. Dyer
They say one’s perception is one’s reality. Everyday each of us sees the world a bit differently. Each of our viewpoints has been influenced by any number of factors. Regardless of how we’ve come to see things the way we do, it’s important to understand how our own perception of the world can make evaluating and understanding it more difficult if we limit ourselves to our viewpoint alone. In regarding others viewpoints we may find we’re wrong from time to time or that others’ perceptions may be more accurate. But only when we accept that the possibility exists that our perception may be flawed is it possible to change the way we look at the world.
If our perception is our viewpoint then what happens when we change our perspective? Potentially, our viewpoint would change. We could see the world differently. A different perspective could expand the possibilities we have to choose from and the alternatives we have to consider. However, one needs to do so by choice.
A leader should strive to expand their perception of their organization to be able to lead more effectively. Their role is to provide vision and direction but also be willing to entertain the perspectives of others. Others’ viewpoints can prove valuable in supporting a leader in his or her decision making. That requires openness on the leader’s part. They must be willing to consider that others may see something they do not or have considered something they have not. Decision-making in a vacuum is not very effective.
Sometimes, the Team Leads
If as a leader you’ve taken the time to build a good team, then, you need to trust your team members’ feedback and ask for it. Once you ask, it’s important to listen. A word of caution; if everyone always agrees with you then there’s a problem. Be thankful for the devil’s advocate or contrarian in your midst. They’ll keep you honest and on your toes. The perspective your team provides will prove valuable. I repeat; decision-making in a vacuum is not very effective.
Whether choosing a piece of new equipment, hiring a new manager or discussing the best way to respond to a slow economy, a healthy dose of perspective will be necessary to make good decisions. The key is to recognize your own limitations as well as the value of the opinions of those you trust. The final decision is yours but the information you base your decisions on and the sources you choose to get it from are important decisions as well. Choose wisely.
Next month: Idle Worship