It’s important to know ourselves as leaders. We need to understand our preferences, be aware of things that influenced us as children, and acknowledge the biases that filter our views. Why? Because it helps us make sense of how we perceive the world. That’s why leaders take inventory of their social and personal preferences before attempting to understand another’s point of view.
Think of yourself as if you are the artist of an unfinished portrait. Holding your brush, on the ready, to make subtle changes. Creatively seeking to uncover a new perspective. Watching to see if a new facet appears as the light on the canvas changes. You move around, standing in difference places so you can see what others see.
As new information comes into view it creates an opportunity for understanding ourselves and it allows a path to open so we may better understand others.