In a biblical worldview, the True Man and the Poser are constantly at war. The True Man already knows he has everything he needs through Grace, where the Poser believes he is somehow deficient and creates a facade to hide this from the world. Although this may be somewhat of an oversimplification, I believe this battle between the True Man and the Poser can be a useful filter in evaluating our own thoughts and true intentions.
In the workplace, it is often that the truly “wise” individual is not afraid to appear foolish in the pursuit of truth. The “foolish” individual thinks first about appearing wise, with the pursuit of truth as a mere afterthought of protecting his/her own reputation.
“Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom” Proverbs 11:2
Humility is a pre-requisite to wisdom, as only the humble heart can imagine a world where our own pre-existing beliefs are incorrect. Humility allows you to see reality as it is, and to act strategically. Pride warps reality, in order to support our pre-existing beliefs.
Those who have defeated pride have the only true chance of engaging in any kind of “rational thinking,” they are free the mental fog that “fear of man” places on your mind.