It’s tempting to think that when you have more power, it will be easier to call out wrongdoing. But research shows that this feeling never goes away — even powerful people still think twice before speaking out. When you’re considering speaking truth to power, consider whether you have a realistic grasp of the consequences. Balance how much you believe in what you have to say with what might happen if you say it, and decide whether you have the energy and resilience required to do so. You might have an exaggerated fear of the consequences and therefore prefer the short-term security of staying silent. But be realistic about your fears. Consider how those who have previously spoken up have been treated. And don’t forget to reflect on the counterargument: What are the long-term consequences to you and others of staying silent?
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