Good leaders question the advice they are given. They want to ensure that the actions they initiate are based on the very best and most accurate information available. They are very suspicious when advice seems to mirror their own thoughts too closely.
Yet what we still find in politics and business is that decision makers today prefer advice that supports their own opinions rather than challenging them. The result is “group think” with all its attendant problems—”Bay of Pigs” comes to mind although that was far less disastrous that George Bush’s Iraq adventure.
As followers we must question our leaders. As leaders we must question both our own preconceptions and prejudices as well as all advice we receive. It is only when there is a strong culture of questioning to the end of getting as close to the truth as possible that we get strong organisations and good leadership.
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