The most dangerous leadership style is assumptive leadership. An assumption is something you accept as true or certain. For example, when I was a principal and my teachers were not at their doors at 7:30 greeting students my assumption was they were either late to work or chose not to follow our agreed upon expectations.
The problem was, rather than walk to the classroom to understand what the reality was and check on the teacher and seek to understand, I would hold onto it, allowing the feeling of resentment become more entrenched.
I know how wrong my assumptions usually are. The key is that it’s just a story I’m making up. Often, the other person isn’t even aware I’m holding on to an assumption.
Has this ever happened to you? Have you led by assumptions in the past?
I have learned that in the absence of information, we assume the worst. As a result, create a fictional divide between people that can dismantle working...