I love a good debate. I actually get nervous when everyone agrees with what the “boss” is saying without pushing back. My experience has been that some people don’t understand the value diverse opinions can bring to the situation. They see the push back as antagonistic, disrespectful, and/or slowing the group down. Perhaps it can slow things down but having a diverse group of people providing input is the best way to assure you have looked at all sides of the situation.
Have you have ever thought, I’ll promote him because he is “easier to manage” or “they won’t create waves”? If so, you might be missing a great growth opportunity……for you and the company. People with differing opinions represent the only way to expand your current views as a leader. Think about it. We never change our mind without taking in new information. You need people that are not “yes” people to provide all angles. Having all of the same personalities at the table or surrounding yourself with “yes people”, creates tremendous risk and will insure that something will be missed.
Here are a few questions to consider:
- Have you surrounded yourself with “yes” people?
- Do you have anyone pushing back on your ideas?
- Is there someone you don’t always see eye to eye with that is afraid to contribute?
- Have people quit raising their hand?
- Are they quiet on calls?
- Who have you shut down because you couldn’t manage their feedback?
- Do you take the push back personally?
You might have the final say, but thinking you know everything can compromise the success of any leader. Great leaders have the ability to hold their own opinion and integrate the feedback into the overall goals of the company, without taking it personally.
So, the next time someone pushes back, thank them for their feedback and willingness to challenge the situation. Comment on how important it is that they continue to challenge what is being said and invite others to do the same. This will lead to a more open exchange of ideas and ultimately a better outcome.