Professionals / executives are confronted with the question ‘should I always agree or should I differ with my boss’ in their initial years of working life. What happens if I differ? Will I lose my job? My promotion? My increment? Get a poor appraisal rating? Get into the bad books of the boss? Be red flagged? My competitor (colleague) will overtake me? Lose opportunities for progression?
Obedience as an expected trait is giving way to enterprise, innovation, participation, challenge. In sync with this evolution, the old ways of being always on the right side of your boss may prove counterproductive in the long run. Desirability or otherwise of such practice is a function of the background, traits, goals and the affective elements of both