Description: Resisting the assumption of commonly held beliefs and status quo opinions, remaining open to alternate possibilities.
Thinking Partner Notes
What’s the fiction: Leaders must be prepared at all times to deliver an opinion on all subjects of consequence.
What's really true: True leaders resist the temptation of rushing to deliver opinions and judgment.
Things to try: 1) Practice saying “I don’t know;” 2) Practice researching multiple sides of an argument - through a diverse collection of sources - before establishing an opinion; 3) Practice reading articles all of the way through to the end before sharing or commenting on them.
Next steps: 1) For the next two weeks, practice withholding your immediate opinion when indirectly provoked, instead tracking these moments in a journal; 2) Note when the opinion-inducing moments occur, whether they were provoked by external or internal stimuli, and what your immediate response would have been (if you had chosen to speak, post or tweet); 3) After two weeks of self-monitoring, reflect on the moments that you’ve noted, observing how you would have responded in the moment and whether that response might have changed with deeper reflection.