In every leadership role I’ve held, I’ve had to make decisions that others did not agree with and did not understand. In hindsight, not all of those decisions were the best, and in a few cases would have been better if I had heeded more of the input from those who worked with me. So why didn’t I take their advice? I wasn’t sure they appreciated all of the factors that I had to weigh in making the decision. I also didn’t think they fully understood the potential consequences of a bad decision, or how those would affect me.
Those experiences have helped me in leading up (or having influence with other decision makers). Sometimes it’s easy to think the key to influencing a decision is for your leader to understand your perspective, but it is much more important for you to spend your energy trying to understand their perspective. Doing so will help you build trust and give better input.
Can you share some ways you’ve found to better understand your leader’s perspective?