Interesting TED talk by Adam Galinsky. Sometimes you don’t speak up when you should, and speak up when you shouldn’t. This force to speak up arises from moral conviction.
He suggests that the range of times that you can appropriately speak up can depend upon the amount of power you have in a particular situation.
You can expand the range of times you should speak up by increasing the amount of power you have.
This power can be increased by
- advocating on behalf of others
- possessing some particular expertise
- obtaining social support and allies
Once you have at least one of these, then speak with conviction and passion.
As an irrelevant aside, this sort of reminded me of the precautionary poem by Yeats, The Second Coming:
“The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity”
So, Be Best, not worst.