Today, I wanted to discuss a short video presentation I found, called “Surround Yourself with Those Who Will Talk Back to You,” which talks about how push-backs in organizational decision-making can be beneficial to leaders who are on top of the organizational pyramid. The idea of resistance in the organization may get a bad rap, but in reality, it can prove to be beneficial for leaders who are responsible for key decisions that affect multiple people.
Leaders are responsible for making the tough decisions, and although some of us may like to be the lone decision-maker in the organization, it’s important to weigh the potential consequences that accompany each decision. The worst possible scenario for leaders is to lead a group of “yes men,” who go along with every decision that is made without questioning it at all. Although leaders are chosen to lead because they have gained the trust of people in the organization, it is still up to others in the organization to keep leaders accountable.
Effective leaders should understand the importance of accepting resistance in the organization and surround themselves with people who will actually voice their opinions in the decision-making process. No one likes to deal with resistance, especially when they know they are working tirelessly to do what’s right for their organization, but resistance is the essence to successful decision-making. By encouraging others to voice their concerns, they show themselves to be open-minded to outside perspectives on matters at hand. Leading a group of “yes men” shows signs of apathy within the organization, so don’t be frustrated if you’re meeting too much resistance in your organization. It just shows that you have people who care.
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