There is a weird quirk about me when it comes to the people I work with: I prefer to be challenged. But I have a strong and dominating personality. Most don’t understand that I can be argued with. I’m well versed in many topics, have opinions about what works and what doesn’t, and generally have a well thought out perspective. Apparently this is intimidating.
When I work with someone for the first time I always tell them this and every time I am disappointed in that person’s willingness to challenge me. I’ve been told more than once that my ability to hold a strong opinion loosely is not a common trait and thus it takes time to get used to it. I try to be patient.