EP036: Why Disagreeing Makes You Look Like a Leader

What are the benefits of disagreeing? Why do you need to disagree as a leader? Many people avoid disagreeing. It can be daunting, especially if you’re disagreeing with somebody more powerful than you. However, in leadership, it’s critical that you develop the skill to disagree when you need to and want to. 

Holding back from disagreeing can lead to many negative repercussions in leadership. The main one being, you can let bad ideas stay in the conversation, driving your team’s growth in the wrong direction, which in turn, damages your reputation as a leader.

In this episode, I share my thoughts on why it can be hard to disagree and then I continue on with three reasons as to why you should disagree when you’re a leader.

What will you learn in this episode?

In “Why Disagreeing Makes You Look Like a Leader”, you will learn:

  • Why disagreeing with family and friends is easier than with your coworkers.
  • Fears that could be holding you back from disagreeing.
  • Why you can’t be a people-pleaser and agree 100% of the time.
  • Why disagreeing makes you look like a leader.
  • How disagreeing makes you look more honest and authentic.
  • Why disagreeing helps you become more visible in the office.
  • Details about next week’s episode on how to disagree.

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About Kara

Kara Ronin is the founder of Executive Impressions. She is an executive coach who specialises in leadership presence, social skills and business etiquette. She is also the creator of Bestselling Udemy course, Business Etiquette 101. Kara’s advice and unique perspectives have been featured in Time Inc., Business Insider, Ignites Europe (a Financial Times Service), The Muse, The Local France, The West Australian, and more. Kara works regularly with lawyers, investment bankers, and finance professionals to help them build presence, authority and influence in business. Get Kara's insights delivered straight to your inbox