It is more important than ever these days to relate well to the individuals who report to you—that is, if you want to accomplish anything significant. Your team may include a variety of personalities, including a few that you find difficult to communicate with in any meaningful way. No two human beings are alike, and everyone cannot be approached in the same manner. As a manager, this requires some flexibility on your part.
Unfortunately, some conversations may degenerate into individuals talking past each other, with no real connection, when it is important that the meaning of each person’s words be clearly understood by the other. It helps to understand where other people are coming from—their “slant”—when you want to drive home a point or give clear instructions. But it will help even more if you understand where you yourself are coming from—your own “slant.”