We all know that there are many ways to do a multitude of things and directing is no different. Some directors are very headstrong and will allow no compromise. Others are the easiest people to work with.
Having flexibility with whatever comes up, because nothing is ever perfect, will allow production to continue forward. Being able to adapt to many personalities, weather, technical issues, and other delays will make or break a director.
One thing that is concrete though, is that the director has the final say. The director is the leader and must portray that persona at all times. You are the general of your production “army”. People can sense weakness and they feed off of it. The director needs to be confident and able to make decisions on the fly.
That doesn’t mean that you don’t accept any feedback. It is always a great idea to have brainstorming session with your production crew before filming begins. Work out the storyboards, timelines, lighting positions, and talent positions. Having everything laid out beforehand, keeps everything streamlined.