Disagreements Can Lead To Empowerment 


“It’s always OK to disagree with your boss. When you support, empower and stand for your boss, your disagreement will make a difference for performance – and for your boss. It all depends on where you are coming from and your intent in the conversation. Ultimately, you could look at the outcome you want. Is it to empower your boss and the results to be produced together? Or is it for personal gratification?

Employees can get intimidated by authority, when it looks like the boss has the final say and nothing can be changed. They do what they’re supposed to do and keep their head down. The problem is this rarely produces great results, and in the long run leaves no one feeling empowered.” – Excerpt from Fortune Insider Network

We couldn’t have put it any better—the struggle between choosing self-gratification or team empowerment constantly plagues our minds. It’s a difficult choice and one that we cannot leave freestanding.

Encouraging your team to speak their opinions, and “disagree” with you when appropriate, can help produce refined results and high quality outcomes. You want to empower your team and encourage them to bring who they are to the table—opinions, suggestions, ideas… ect.

It’s easy to disregard other’s opinions… even your own employees’! If you can tell it’s for their self-gratification, it makes it more difficult to consider their opinion as valid or helpful because you can tell it’s not for the sake of the team. On the other hand, you have team members who own the outcome and take hold of responsibilities to make sure every aspect is above par. These are the people you are drawn to and have a lot of faith in for good leadership.

Help your team best express their disagreements, and let them know they are heard. Silence and unspoken word will never help to solve issues or enhance anyone’s work. You don’t have to take a disagreement as a threat, but as an opportunity to grow the task being worked on.



Denis Coleman

Denis Coleman is the founder and CEO of Work Compass, a cloud staff performance collaboration software platform that helps teams align their efforts with strategic goals and continuously improve performance. Frustrated with the disconnect between strategy setting and day to day execution and the lack of tools available to managers to help them be great at their most important function …. Aligning their teams activities with strategic goals and actively managing for high performance Denis spent over 5 years researching strategy execution and performance management practices before founding Work Compass to create a software solution. Denis has held senior roles in Ireland, Czech Republic and North America with high performing electronics manufacturing and professional services organisations for more than 12 years. Denis has worked as Finance Director responsible for €800 million in annual revenues for Flextronics International, Key Account Manager responsible for annual revenues of more than €600 million for Dovatron International and Management Consultant for BDO one of Europe’s most successful professional services providers.

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