In episode 20 of “Yates in Your Face,” Greg Yates talks about the value of encouraging and listening to the opinions of the people around you, especially if those opinions oppose your own.

Great leaders want their team members to develop into leaders, NOT followers. If you are discouraging the people on your team to voice opposition, then you are missing out on the opportunity to truly lead and grow your team.

Communication is NEVER one-way. It’s crucial that you listen to the opinions of others and encourage your team to deliver honest feedback.

If you’ve been shutting the door on the feedback and ideas of your team, you’ll want to pay close attention to this episode.


The meeting came to a grinding halt; disbelief filled the air. You could hear the proverbial pin drop. I stopped in my tracks, channeling a new recognition that was long overdue. Someone had just disagreed with me. It was absurd!

So, maybe you’re like I was for years. I was focused and I literally said OUT LOUD… if I start listening to other people’s opinions nothing will ever get done!

My belief controlled feedback and everyone knew what was acceptable. Ultimately, I was hearing ONLY what I wanted to hear. People mirrored back to me what I had already said. They compliantly reinforced my own beliefs about a project or direction or decision.

Isn’t that the evidence of good strong leadership? When people do exactly what you tell them and learn their place?

If you’re isolating yourself, limiting your input, controlling the voices who can speak and listening only to what you want to hear, you’re delusional, at best. Wait… let me guess. You’re the boss, the entrepreneur, the one who brought everybody to the dance so you must have the best ideas, right?

Then why are you shielding yourself from opposing opinions?

Why have you discouraged your team from bringing new, innovative, creative and yes sometimes stupid ideas? Won’t you know more about who you really have surrounded yourself with if you let them speak original thoughts? Or are you REALLY just that insecure?

One-way communication is the tragedy of weak leadership and often a tendency of leadership that is experiencing organizational growth. You have great ideas but if you are the only source of them you’re not developing leaders and you will pay the price for that.

If you’re discounting the need for other people’s opinions and honest feedback, you have condemned your mission to mediocrity.

We need each other. The body is only as strong as the sum of its parts. The sound of someone honestly sharing their opposing viewpoint has become music to my ears.

About Greg

Greg Yates has been a Chicago area businessman for over 30 years. He’s the author of the book, "Broken - How Being Broken Unlocked The Greatest Success of My Life". He has simultaneously owned 14 different businesses in a variety of industries; including real estate, manufacturing, payroll, and technology. Greg has also been an investor and a board member. He attended Olivet Nazarene University. He has a passion for flying. He’s had a pilot’s license for over 30 years and owned a variety of airplanes. Greg and his wife Vicki have been married over 37 years. They have a son, a daughter and seven grandchildren.

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