Video production is, at every stage, about being in tune with other people.
From understanding a project brief and a client's needs, to working with a crew on set, to the empathetic gauntlet-run that is conducting interviews and the psychological labyrinth that is getting into your audience's head while editing, managing to see the world from the perspective of others is the make-or-break attribute in any successful filmmaker's toolkit.
Filmmaker Ryan Booth (who recently shot an excellent behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of The Revenant) gets this point across better than anyone I've heard in an impassioned talk he gave for the Creative Mornings series late last year:
It's a hard line to walk for us creatives - we need the affirmation that comes with praise for our work and often it's a necessary trait to ignore the opinions of others in order to stay true to a vision- art is not created through democracy. However singularity of vision is not the same thing as arrogance and pig-headedness.