Stand Up, Speak Out
Can you hear it? The sound of leadership. The sound of making a difference in the world.
Last week we spent two days listening to the powerful women in our Lead Her Up community and there was a distinctive sound to the conversation.
It was the sound of people who know their values and who are willing to stand up, speak out and put those values into practice.
Leaders don’t just adopt a set of values for themselves and impose them on others. Instead they find a way to communicate their values and bring others into a shared commitment to those values.
It’s a powerful talent and it takes courage.
Here are 5 things that leaders do to stand up, speak out and make a difference.
- They take time to listen to themselves – They discover out what is true for them when all the noise of the world is turned off. What is real and lasting, no matter what the external situation is.
- They take time to listen to others – By listening to others, leaders can find out what they value and begin to identify the common ground on which they can stand together.
- They choose the right moment – Timing is everything. Leaders know when people are most likely to hear and respond to the conversation about values. When the building (or the business) is on fire, the only thing people want to hear is how to get out safely. The fire prevention lecture can wait…but the time will be right after the crisis is over.
- They speak the right language – Leaders understand that even when they are speaking out and speaking up for their values, they need to speak in the collective “we,” rather than the singular “I” if they want to enlist others in the cause. It’s also important to use the words that others will recognize and resonate with. People are more likely to connect with things and people that look, sound and feel familiar.
- They are consistent and persistent – Taking a stand is usually an ongoing, long-term commitment, rather than a one-time occurrence. Being willing to stand strong and stay the course is essential to bringing about the desired change. People look to their leaders to stand up to opponents, break through barriers and reach the goal.
What are you speaking up for and speaking out about as a leader in your business, your community, or your family? Are you being heard?
You have power to make a difference when you stand up, speak out and urge others to do the same.
What are you waiting for?
Go forth and do great things,
Martha & Chris
P.S. One way that we can all stand up for our values is to use the power of the vote. If you’ve already voted, we applaud you. If you haven’t yet…please do. Your voice and your values matter.