“While many of us describe and see ourselves as objective and non-judgmental, the reality is probably closer to the opposite.”

The assumptions and resulting judgments you make about any given person or situation may be fundamentally flawed and you probably don’t realize it. This drives you to take leadership actions that are less impactful than you would like and may lead to significant conflict or communication issues. 


The reasoning process we use to make decisions is fundamentally flawed, and in this episode we’ll discuss why.

In this episode, I am going to discuss ways to become a more objective leader. I’ll offer a framework that highlights the flaws in the way we reason, make assumptions, and draw conclusions. I will also share some ways to minimize our natural tendency to jump to conclusions, assumptions, and judgments that may be more subjective than we think.

In this episode:

  • An example of flawed assumptions in action
  • The Ladder of Inference: the 7 steps of our reasoning process
  • How conflict and communication issues can easily arise from this reasoning process
  • Questions to ask yourself to become more objective 
  • Why it is important to strive to be more open and curious instead of being right
  • And more!

Power Presence Academy: Practical Wisdom for Leaders is the go-to podcast for anyone who leads. Your host is Janet Ioli, leadership and human development expert, sought-after coach and advisor to global executives, and former executive with experience in four Fortune 100 companies. She helps leaders ground themselves with confidence, connection, and purpose and learn to lead with Less Ego, More Soul.


Noteworthy Quotes from This Episode

“Stand back and really think about how many times you have pulled out select facts, made your own story about them, applied your own set of theories and beliefs to create a conclusion, and ultimately had these conclusions that you drew out drive your actions.”

“We’ve created the whole storyline when you really think about it. Our reasoning is not as objective as we think since we’re constantly filtering facts or creating assumptions. We’re basing our reasoning on the way we view reality based on what we’ve been taught, and the mental models and beliefs that we have.”

“Other people are going through the exact same reasoning process, but their filters draw out and retain different facts based on their unique experiences. They too interpret and make up stories based on their own beliefs and conclusions, which are different from yours.”

“What we usually don’t realize is how much of what we believe is based on our own filtering of actual information.”

“The important piece here is pausing to step back and move away from these limited lenses and challenge our own beliefs. And it’s a big step towards learning to be more aware of the limitations of our own flawed assumptions.”


Resource Links:

If you want to become more grounded, confident, and aligned with your deeper values in just 21 days. Check out my book Less Ego, More Soul: A Modern Reinvention Guide for Women.

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Janet is the founder of Power Presence Academy.  She helps leaders ground themselves with confidence, connection, and purpose and lead with Less Ego, More Soul.