The Faith of the Centurion (Luke 7, NIV)
1 When Jesus had finished saying all this in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. 2 There a centurion's servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. 3 The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. 4 When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, "This man deserves to have you do this, 5 because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue." 6 So Jesus went with them.
He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: "Lord, don't trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. 7 That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and that one, 'Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it."
9 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, "I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel." 10 Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.
Back in the first century, there weren't very many woman managers. But I am. I understand authority and submission very well. I relate to the Centurion's perspective. I also have people I report to, and people under me. I have an obligation to both. BUT that obligation includes warning my bosses when they are wrong. That's not an "independent spirit". That's just smart. And my leaders are grateful that I speak up. By doing so, I prevent great harm.
I'd love to have an opportunity to explain this to an elder, but I seriously doubt they would hear or understand.