"Stand Up to Abuse" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward
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It takes some courage to stand up to abusive leadership. Especially if they are your leaders! Why? Because you know you are going to be punished for it. There will be repercussions.
I know because I've experienced them.
The first few times I stood up to abusive leadership, I naively thought I was going to be thanked for pointing out the faults and weaknesses of the leadership, assuming they weren't aware and cared.
Boy, was I wrong!
I've been dismissed, fired, rejected, ridiculed, publicly shamed and shunned... you name it.
I learned pretty quickly that abusive leaders are that way because they want to be. It works for them.
Standing up to them is important and necessary. We just need to be aware of the possible consequences.