> Which environment would you rather work in: a technically brilliant project dictated by one or two people with no room for opinion or discussion; or a project outlined by a senior colleague who asked for feedback regularly and gave your opinion serious consideration and discussion even if it didn’t make it into the final product?
The former clearly. Many of the great technological advances of the last decades were made in the way of the former. Or do you think that Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, etc. prioritize(d) your psychological safety over everything else?
I think we learn most when we struggle* than when we have everything laid out in front of us from a more "senior person". Sure beginners should be given some slack and space to grow, but I've also seen bikeshedding and dozen/hundreds of hours spent trying to reach a decision that was actually never reached to avoid hurting someone's feelings.
*from a bit to moderate struggle. If the struggle is too big/unsurmoable, then it becomes too large of a burden.
This entirely misses the point.