A different view that probably 85% of people can relate to in the workplace or life in general. I definitely need to reflect on what my own “best self” is as well and how to tell that story. Hopefully it inspires you to also speak up more (if you aren’t already). If you’ve never met this man also, he’s a great conversationalist on business ethics – also what his blog is about. Have a quick read and see what your thoughts are on this.
Speaking up is hard. Going against the grain when the team’s mind is made up is harder. And ‘speaking truth to power’ ? especially when ‘power’ means someone who can end your career ? is harder still. But speaking up is important. Sometimes, it is absolutely morally required. Other times, it might be strictly optional but is a way to demonstrate true leadership. It’s an important skill, and a commitment worth fostering.
On November 24, the Jim Pattison Ethical Leadership Program (of which I’m director) had the pleasure of hosting Mary Gentile, a professor at Babson College and author of the book, Giving Voice to Values. The key message of Gentile’s presentation, and of her book, is that the key ethical skill that business students and corporate employees need to foster is not skill at making ethical decisions, but skill at speaking up. Quite often we know the right…
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