#ThursdayThought – What Do You Mean “Stay In My Lane”?
“Stay in your lane” is probably the worst advice out there.
It implies that a person cannot talk about the situation because they don’t have the appropriate knowledge.
A person doesn’t need to have expert credentials … or a masters degree … or a doctorate … or years of field experience … to speak on something that’s a genuine concern of theirs.
While granted we should use discernment in getting credible information, we should never ever discount somebody raising a question because they’re not a so-called expert in the field.
When we think about how much we learn from children as they grow up … “out of the mouths of babes” … we somehow allow adults to be shut down because they don’t stay in their lane.
If we diminish the ability for someone to speak what’s on their mind or ask questions to challenge the status quo we stop growing as individuals and as a society.
Staying in your lane is just another way to keep it authoritarian nature in an organization.
You don’t have to be a CEO, a scientist, a politician, a director or a professor to speak. And you shouldn’t have to be one to be heard.
A great leader – and a great person – allows people to speak at any time. Everyone has something to offer.
Any maybe if we allowed people to speak, we’d be able to see through lies and hold others accountable.