The is very interesting read.
As a Black neurodivergent woman with justice sensitivity, I have often been the person to stand up for something within organizations.
My positionality makes it risky business, to say the least. Yes, I’ve been fired for doing the right thing for myself and others.
But I’m also someone who has facilitated organizational change and understands how power concentrates, and I see moral courage as something that will always elude most power-holders.
They just don’t have to have it because they’ve been conditioned to be successful in the traditional sense. It might least work on a 50 person team. But 500? 5000k? Not likely. Most leaders are born into comfort and don’t have a lot of resilience. Even with all of their social, economic, and class privilege — they’re quite skittish.
Robert Kennedy Jr. said “Moral courage is rarer than bravery.” I will 1000% die on this hill.
This is why I’m pro-organized labor. People can have moral courage in numbers. But I think for too many this is still too risky.
On psychological safety: how safe can you feel when your company is stalking you digitally? When we work in an At-Will employment model? Where HR is so trash, most people skip it and just quit to avoid being gaslighted and turned into the troublemaker.
For me, psychological safety comes with having power and protections. Individuals don’t change systems. If one’s psychology safety depends on individuals’ courage and integrity, it doesn’t seem like a sound solution.