We all make assumptions. We naturally fill in gaps in what we think and perceive so that we can make sense out of our world and our experiences.
Sometimes the assumptions we make are accurate; sometimes they are not. And the reality is, assumptions are powerful. They can build bridges or destroy them. They can make peace or start a war.
As a leader, you have an obligation to notice the assumptions you make, both good and bad, and verify them for accuracy, especially if they are negative and could affect someone else’s life, career or wellbeing.
The first step is to notice when you have an assumption. Once you notice that you are making an assumption, communicate it so you can get confirmation or clarification. Although this may be uncomfortable, it creates an opportunity for both parties to share their perceptions and clarify any inaccuracies or miscommunications.
We all make assumptions, and as leaders, we want to ensure that are assumptions are grounded in truth.
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