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Last week, I shared with you my feelings about leaders that don’t speak up.
I want to reiterate that, I believe it’s your responsibility to stand up for the people that you lead. You should use your voice and position to make a difference. That is the power and importance of being a leader in the first place.
It’s not just about having the title, it’s about doing the work of a leader. The work of a leader means inspiring and empowering your team. It also means speaking up and holding others accountable for things that aren’t right in your organization.
Unfortunately, we all see things that aren’t right every day. Maybe it’s a colleague being disrespectful to their team. Maybe it’s a senior leader that unfairly and publicly dresses down a subordinate for making a mistake. God forbid it’s a leader that is consciously discriminating against others in an effort to boost their position of leadership.
Whatever it is, it’s unfair. It’s wrong. And if you see something like this, you should say something.
Here are the three reasons why you, as a leader, should say something.
1.     To Demonstrate You Care: The most revealing quality of a great leader is that you care about people. More specifically do you show others that you care about them? There is no greater way to show that you care than to speak up for people who are in a bad situation.
2.     To Help Others: One important role of a leader is to always help those around them. As I say in my book, The Presidential Principles, the pre-requisite of leadership is service. You serve people by helping them. When people are facing unfairness, they want some to help them. That should be you.
3.     Your Personal Growth: Speaking up for others can be very difficult at times. You could put your own role at risk in an organization. That can be very uncomfortable. I want you to know that uncomfortable is good. When you are uncomfortable, you grow as a person and as a leader. It’s my opinion that the greatest leaders get very comfortable in being uncomfortable.
So if you see something not right in your organization, you need to say something. You have three reasons to do so. However, when you do speak up, I believe you will find a whole lot more reasons as to why it was the right thing to do.
Remember if you see something, say something!
PS – I wanted to share another great podcast that I had the pleasure of being a guest recently. The Top 1% with Trevor Blattner. I shared some deep thoughts about leadership, healthcare and the most important things I learned from President Barack Obama. Let me know what you think.

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