Do you like it when people push back? I’m talking about the type of push back where people are willing to tell leaders they think they are wrong about something.

When you have too much or too little pushback, it is a sign of a potential problem in your leadership.

In the absence of pushback, they may be following your words out of obligation. In obligation, people will do just enough to get a pass. People will be less likely to voice their opinions.

If you have too much pushback, it might be a sign their boundaries are ill-defined. It’s also possible they don’t know what their boundaries are.

As a leader, your job is to create the conditions for success. Wouldn’t you want to tap into the combined wisdom of the group? Then you need an appropriate amount of pushback.

“No leader is as smart as all of us together.”

Establish boundaries. Invite them to debate. Then be open to their opinions.

You’ve got this.

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