Secure, confident owners and managers invite a difference of opinion. They honor the points of view of others, listen to it, and sit with it.
The less confident and secure use their position to control. The message is clear, “Agree and you get to stay to work another day. Disagree and you may not be around for long.”
If you don’t have strong assertive people close by, whose opinion you value, could it be because you surround yourself with Yes People?