An Act of Courage?
We have a tendency to see speaking up as an individual act of courage.
There’s an element of that, of course, but I also see speaking up as relational and social. My research puts a different lens on the subject and will help people develop alternative habits of conversation. It shows leaders what they need to do to create a space where open and constructive dialogue can take place.
The truth framework we’ve developed on the back of the research will help leaders firstly, to understand the key issues that get in the way of people saying what needs to be said.
Secondly, to be aware of the common traps they fall into when speaking up and listening up.
And thirdly, to overcome their blind spots and understand why they’re well-intentioned attempts to get people to speak up often fall flat.
Megan Reitz is Professor of Leadership and Dialogue at Ashridge where she speaks, researches, consults and supervises on the intersection of leadership, change, dialogue and mindfulness. She is on the Thinkers50 radar of global business thinkers and is ranked in HR Magazine’s Most Influential Thinkers listing. She has presented her research to audiences throughout the world and is the author of Dialogue in Organizations and Mind Time. Her new book, with Financial Times Publishing, is called Speak Up.