Speaking Up at Work: Leading Change as an Independent Thinker


If you have ever feared speaking up about your ideas or have done so but are frustrated by your lack of success, this book is for you.

You’ll learn from the stories of others who have been a “lone voice” or an “independent thinker” and their attempts at change—both successful and unsuccessful. By learning from their experiences, you’ll gain insight into effective tactics and pitfalls to avoid. In addition, if you are a leader and afraid you are not hearing the best ideas from your team, you’ll learn various tools and tactics to let the best ideas emerge.

Along with stories ranging from CEOs to individual contributors, you’ll learn insights from studies in psychology and management and what has been found through decades of research. Together the book offers an engaging portrait of when, why, and how to have your voice heard at work and in life.


About the Author(s)

Ryan E. Smerek

Ryan Smerek is an Associate Professor and Associate Director in the Master’s in Learning and Organizational Change program at Northwestern University. He is the author of Organizational…

Book Preview

Additional information

Pub Date

July 13, 2023





Print Price




EBook Price