Sometimes when we speak up – pushing back against a bully, an idea with which we think is unjust or a degrading remark – we are unable to achieve the contrition we desire from the other person. Worse yet, the person we opposed may feel even more emboldened to continue in their demeaning ways since no repercussions occurred despite being called out for their behavior.

To pursue justice, you need to realize that you are the stronger one for having used your voice. Speaking up builds courage and gives you the fortitude to speak up again the next time. Remaining silent does nothing to add to your growth or to address the injustice.

You may not win all of the battles, but you won’t win any that you don’t enter. Keep speaking up to confront those who put other people down.


About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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