There is one thing the best leaders are secretly looking for: people on their team to disagree with them.
I love what Margaret Heffernan shares. “If we aren’t going to be afraid of conflict, we have to see it as thinking.” She really reframed this concept for me. I have personally found some of the greatest breakthroughs or resolutions occurred through someone on my team having the courage to share a different perspective.
Next time you are going to disagree or are on the other side of the conversation, remember this as “thinking”.
FastCompany | What Your Boss is Thinking When You Disagree With Them
Forbes | Why Working With People Who Disagree With You Is Good For Your Business
Time | How to Disagree With Your Boss and Still Get Ahead
CJ | The Secret to Getting Things Done
TED | Dare to Disagree
Leading, along the road with you!
P.S. The best leaders are those who know they don’t have all the answers. It’s not enough to just have leadership abilities. As your level of responsibility increases, you must constantly work to boost your level of leadership skills. To do so, you have to start with an honest assessment of those areas where you are strong and those that need some work. Register to join our next “Leadership Begins with You” CareerClass on Wednesday June 6, from 12 to 1 pm.