Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:
When we require direction, the correct way is that we consult our elders and not take an independent decision. This is extremely dangerous as with the passage of time one begins to feel that why should I subject myself to others and listen to others. This is borne out in several aayaat of the Quraan Shareef.
Hence, when we are faced with any important matter we should consult. Further, when consulting one should consult with those who are competent, not anyone and everyone. The person being consulted should look at the interest of the person seeking counsel.