Biased first impressions create hierarchy in groups. They are driven by perceptions about age, race, gender and education. True leaders counter biases and influence the group to see differently.
How do we re-set our first impressions?
- Rethink generalization of people
- Repent of negative first impressions of people
- Pray a simple prayer about your reactions to people: “Father, let me see what you see about this person, and allow me to feel what you feel about them.”
- Rephrase negative or thoughtless statements about people
Words have power.
Rethink, repent, rephrase... choose a more generous attitude toward others.