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Steve, thanks for raising the importance of this two letter word. Disagreeing with people, as you say, not only builds trust – because you’re being honest with them, it also builds respect, if you take the time to explain why, because you are accepting that person’s argument worth consideration. Too often, leaders seek to be liked rather than seek to lead.

Steve Roesler


I'm pleased that the post underscored our mutual beliefs about the importance of "no."

Most healthy adults that I know are more than willing to respect a "no" as long as your suggestion is followed: simply explain the reason for it. The paradox here is that leaders want to gain followers by saying "yes", but the followers want someone to respect who knows when to say "no".

Thanks for taking time to weigh in, Taman.

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