Challenge the boss

May 5, 2019

I believe....you can’t be an effective leader in business, politics, or society unless you encourage those around you to speak their minds, to bring attention to hypocrisy and misbehavior, and to be as direct and strong-willed in their evaluations of you as you are in your strategies and plans for them.

 

There is research indicating that when we experience conflict, we generate more original solutions to problems than when we are in a more cooperative mood.

 

In other words, confronting the boss is fundamentally helpful. Even when an employer’s order crosses no ethical boundaries, Gino said in a subsequent message, “it could still mean carrying out a process that could be better if employees asked questions rather than simply accepting blindly what they have been asked to do.”  See The Atlantic

 

Insubordination has its uses—not the least of which might be protecting the powerful from themselves.

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