It’s a fine line: working within an organisation we have to fit within certain systems, take certain actions that are governed by the rules and social pressures of the organisation, but ultimately there’s a point where we have to take a stance. Will we do what’s right, or just what’s easy. This is not a conversation about people doing bad things, but rather a conversation about doing the right thing. Within our formal power, in a formal role, we do what needs to be done, but as a Social Leader, if we wish to be worthy of the title that we must earn, then we need to do what’s right.
What does this look like? It means actively fighting for equality, striving for fairness in everything we do, and calling it out when we see failures. It means not waiting for requests for help, but anticipating it. It means acting with great authenticity, even when that authenticity takes us into conflict with the organisation itself. Doing what’s right is not always easy, but it is always right.