Not too long ago, I had a coffee catch-up conversation with a frustrated friend. This leader loves where she works, enjoys the people she works with, and knows her contribution is making a difference.
So what is she frustrated about? Her limited voice at the bottom of the organizational food chain.
As we drank our espresso laced lattes, my friend shared how she sees a blindspot the leaders at her organization are missing. And the only thing making her crazier than this issue going unresolved is the limit to which she perceives her voice can speak into this issue.
Have you ever been there? Have you ever felt like your position is limiting your voice?
Leader, let me share with you what I shared with my friend over coffee:
Your authority may be limited but your voice is not. There is no lid on the potential of your influence.
If there is something broken, something unjust, some blindspot, some opportunity being missed, bring it into the light and help make it right. The health of your organization, your customers, and your co-workers depends on your sharing what you see.
How? Here are 3 Ways to Speak Up and Be Heard:
- Exhaust the Appropriate Channels: Share it with the first people first – the people in your organization designated to receive this kind of information. This may be your direct supervisor, your HR representative, your team, or all of the above.
- Unite a Choir of Voices: If you are not the only person who has noticed the need, gather others to raise the concern together. There is strength and confidence in numbers.
- Take Advantage of Advocates: Look to mentors, advisors and others with authority who are willing to advocate for your voice and idea to be heard.