I was confident right out of college. Confident may be an overstatement - let’s call it naive bravery. But, when I moved into increasingly structured, corporate cultures, I received a lot of coaching about reeling in my opinions and candor. The teams I led didn’t take issue with me, but there was concern about broader stakeholders. For some, I was just too direct and that was off-putting. I was told that having an opinion and a willingness to voice that opinion wasn’t always valued ahead of office politics.