opposition; disagreement

Forget thick skin – take opposition personally

Are good leaders still expected to fall in line, and never break rank? It might seem so, judged by interesting events at a university last month. A tenured professor, who also held an administrative leadership position, lashed out publicly at changes which he, and others, had been warned privately not to resist. First he was fired, then following a media maelstrom, he was quickly reinstated. Soon after, his leader was terminated. When the business press commented, it was about whether or not it’s okay to disagree publicly with your leader.

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