You should never blindly accept a leader’s advice or intuition. Leaders are human beings and likely on that basis, fallible.
Despite the fact that most leaders in America (e.g. heads of companies and heads of families) exercise their authority in a decidedly undemocratic context, you are wise to respectfully question and challenge the thinking of those in positions of leadership…to a point. Disagreements can be paralytic if held over time.
If a leader cannot defend his or her views rationally, empathetically and without resorting to “because I’m the boss, that’s why” arguments, he or she is unfit to lead. That said, there are very few clear-cut decisions in life. Leaders must constantly make judgment calls, that is, best guesses based on the available information. And at a certain point, a decision must be made, no matter how fragile the consensus.
The question I put today to anyone who would lead is this: are you leading in way that others would follow you voluntarily or are you leaning on the crutch of position or title? Likewise, the question I put to those followers out there is this: are you following passionately and consciously, taking initiative when appropriate and giving your highest and finest in all matters?