Perspective Taking is a key component of any successful leader, especially now in today’s interconnected and fast moving world, but it is hard to do without help.
(From the article The Power of Perspective Taking)
“Being able to step into somebody else’s shoes is an important skill for any leader – including the President of the US”, says Gillian Ku.
Successful leadership requires you to navigate your way through all sorts of choppy organizational waters. You have to figure out what drives your customers and employees, negotiate with clients and suppliers, manage diversity and resolve conflicts – all in a day’s work.
Learning to see situations from other perspectives can help with all of these challenges, says Gillian Ku, Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School (LBS). Her research on perspective-taking – “the active cognitive process of imagining the world from another’s vantage point” – suggests many potential benefits for managers and leaders.
Read the full article here.