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5 excellent reasons to speak up

It’s a habit we start in school, sitting back while others raise their hands, whether because we already know the answer, we don’t want to look too eager, or because it’s “somebody else’s job.”

The thing is, there are excellent reasons for throwing our ideas out there that benefit ourselves, our colleagues and our businesses.

Now that we’re not trying to look cool, it’s time to look confident and speak up.

1. Silence is deemed approval. You may think that staying silent keeps you from being involved in any conflict, but quite the opposite. Silence is as much an active form of communication as talking. Anytime you are involved in a situation, people are aware of all the input and lack of it. If you disapprove and don’t say anything it will not make you seem easy going. If the problem persists and you did nothing people may consider it as enabling and think the issue is as much your fault as the person who actually caused the problem. You may destroy trust and create resentment. People rarely thank you for withholding information down the line.

2. The greater good should be the priority. I like to believe most people are good-hearted by nature. And many stay silent because they don’t want to do any harm by offending or criticizing someone. But when a person or the team is headed down a dangerous path it’s selfish to put your own need to be comfortable above the needs of the others. Worse, by staying silent, you may be harming the very people you hope to help. The worst case scenario if you speak up is that someone may disagree, but at least the issue is at the forefront and an active decision can be made. The best case scenario is that everyone benefits and you are hailed as a powerful leader.

Full story at Inc.

Time to make your voice heard.

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  • thalia

    So true