I recommend Dr. Arthur Schwartz’s article The Ethical Workplace: Cracking the Courage Code.
Dr. Schwartz is a colleague on the board of directors of the International Leadership Association. He identifies five factors that contribute to courage in the workplace. I am particularly interested in the fifth factor that courage is contagious. It makes taking a risk all the more worthwhile as you are not only righting an immediate wrong, you are adding another strand of courage into the culture.
The final factor is the social aspect of courage. Courage is contagious. When we see others display courage in the workplace it becomes easier for us to produce courage when the moment arises. (Read full article)
In addition to citing my own book, Intelligent Disobedience: Doing Right When What You’re Told To Do Is Wrong, he cites the work of Mary Gentile whom I have also praised in my blog, and my fellow Berrett-Koehler author Bill Treasurer, who has been toiling with me in the field of courage for nearly two decades.
Ethical workplace: Cracking the courage code
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