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.


I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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