Beware! I question everything and everybody.
In the present society, people wanted sweet coatings on bitter pills also. If the pill is bitter taking that pill is very difficult. But the sugar-coated pill is very tasty and people will easily consume it. This may be the reason many people express their views in a very polished way indirectly.
But I feel straight forwardness is a quality to admire unlike other s such people don't create illusions about themselves.
" It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not" ... Andre Gide
Straightforwardness is useful only when you are in a decision making level and after a lot of hue and cry and listening to all you tell that it should be like that and that is the end of it. Because of your authority you can afford that. But when we are at a lower level and have to request a person something which is in his purview we have to be polite and diplomatic if we are interested in a positive response from him.
As a student when we come out of the universities or colleges most of us are straightforward but can not survive in this practical world if we do not change our ways and become receptive and collaborative rather then straightforward, aggressive and demanding.
Anyway it is an opinion and from person to person it can differ. Different people have different mannerism in the society and have different ways of getting their aspirations fulfilled.
Knowledge is power.
Now, there is a limit to everything and if a straightforward person doesn't speak out fearing backlash then in few cases it may be an indulgence in corruption too. For example, when someone notices there are corrupt practices going on inside the work place where most of the colleagues are directly involved in corruption, keeping mum without protesting is a way of indulging in it and we see very honest officers are harassed for being straightforward.
When you know that you cannot leave the job or avoid the situation then you have to be tactful in dealing with the situation. Certainly straightforwardness cannot be a weakness but it all depends on how you effectively manage the situation.
"Life is easier when you enjoy what you do"