Why To Be Unpopular In A Politically Correct World

As we warm-up to Mean It Madness month on Let’s Grow Leaders, I’ve taken our show on the road. I’m honored to be included in the SmartBlog and Switch and Shift Joint Series On Communication. Great authors, great reads. I encourage you to check it out. I chose to tackle the vital, often un-addressed, discussion of being politically correct. I invite you to travel with me over to SmartBlog to read the rest of the post.

“Being politically correct means always having to say you’re sorry.”
~ Charles Osgood

The Wrong Side of Politically Correct

It’s tragic when otherwise-smart leaders make poor choices in the name of being politically correct.

  • “We all know why this project went south, but it wouldn’t be politically correct to bring it up. We can’t remind him of that decision. Let’s just blame it on poor execution.”
  • “If this were my business, I would make a different choice. And I know you would do the same, but the optics on this are just too intense, I think we need to go in the other direction.”
  • “I know John’s the most qualified for the job, by Kelly’s really the executive favorite. We’d be doing John a disservice if we promoted him over Kelly. He just wouldn’t have the support he needs.”

When fear of ticking off the wrong person trumps “right,” the business suffers on many levels: wasted time, poor decisions, inferior talent. You’ll never find “politically correct” on a short list of company values, and yet, political correctness is an unspoken part of the decision-making process in many companies. When leaders groom their protegés to follow a similar pattern, the destructive cycle continues…continue reading.

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Karin Hurt

Karin Hurt, is CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders and a former Verizon Wireless executive. Karin was named on Inc.’s list of 100 Great Leadership Speakers for Your Next Conference, the American Management Association List of 50 Leaders to Watch, and as a Trust Across America Top Thought Leader in Trust. She’s the award-winning author of two books, Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results— Without Losing Your Soul, and Overcoming an Imperfect Boss. She’s regularly featured in business publications including Fast Company, Entrepreneur, and Inc.

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