Either/Or distinctions can be very misleading. In so many cases, we are dealing with Both/And. Some examples:
- You are not either a manager or an employee. You are both a manager and an employee.
- You are not either a leader or a manager. You are both a leader and a manager.
- You may not be either part of the problem or part of the solution. You may be both part of the problem and part of the solution. Or you may be neither.
It is tempting to accord a quick label, but human endeavors are mixtures of good and bad motives, great and not-so-great activities, and elements of spirit that may fall in-between. This does not prevent us from accurately judging actions as good or bad. There are times when Either/Or applies. Understanding a wider range of alternatives, however, can help us choose the best one and have a clearer picture of reality.