Is bias a leadership issue? Sure it is.
In our data work, we cannot expect individual data analysts to stand alone against a confirmation bias. Very few of us want to be perceived as anti-social or as standing against the tide of prevailing thought. And few in a community want to work with someone having that reputation.
Without a clear mandate for question-and-answer fidelity starting at the sponsorship level, we can expect more of what we already believe – one of the reasons I’m adamant that project sponsors participate in regular Q&A context meetings.