In a new book, leadership expert Ira Chaleff argues teaching employees to disobey orders is an essential management safeguard. Rather, we can short-circuit the ingrained habit of employees to automatically obey orders by teaching them to follow a formula that Chaleff distills as: Understand the mission of the organization, the goals of your activities, and the values that are supposed to govern how you achieve those goals;
If you receive an order that seems to violate the mission, goals, or values, ask for clarification. Then, further evaluate the order to determine the source of the problem (whether it involves safety, legality, morality, etc.); Consciously decide whether to obey the order or whether to resist it and offer an acceptable alternative if possible; and Assume personal accountability for whichever choice you make.
Via Bonnie Hohhof