Courage to take an ethical stance

The fifth “courage” in The Courageous Follower model is the courage to take an ethical stance. One of the more significant ways of taking an ethical stance is tendering one’s resignation to avoid colluding with ethically questionable behavior and to bring attention to that behavior. In US governance this option is exercised less frequently that in other systems such as Britain or Japan. Today’s resignation by the Canada’s chief statistician in protest of his agency’s loss of independence is a principled and courageous action. Click here for the full story.

Wayne Smith, former head of Statistics Canada