Murky waters and authority
Countless is the word that comes to mind, when I think about the amount of times, I've seen leaders and business owners challenged with what they perceive as authority. I've seen it, been the challenger and been challenged myself.
It seems as soon as someone is either in a position of power or starts their own business, a matter of registering a name and their title, they seem to think the general population and staff should treat them a certain way.
They become aggressive and defensive in the face of being challenged, yet this is exactly what's needed to grow and succeed as a business and as individuals.
My view, is that the owners like this will stagnate as individuals and their business will plateau at around the 12-18 month mark.
"it's not the genius at the top giving directions that make people look great. It's the great people around that individual that make them look like a genius". - Simon Sinek
If you were on a boat on a small river, when the water suddenly became murky and you felt threatened, would you stab away at the water with a spear, or wait for the murkiness to settle so you could use your energy wisely?
Communicate clearly on expectations from both sides early on in the relationship, but refute the urge to become defensive or get upset if one of your team members (staff) challenges you. It might just be a case that they can see a better way that something can get done and are passionate about seeing success, just as much as you are.
After all, if they didn't care, they'd just walk away