Employees are like children—to a point. I don’t say that to demean or diminish the autonomy of fully-formed adults. But everyone in an employee role (including senior leaders) needs management. Most people want to be led.
Now, I hope you aren’t dealing with toddler-level tantrums or teenage huffiness in the office. But just like at home, you must be willing to risk making your team uncomfortable by doing what’s best.