“When the culture of any organization mandates that it is more important to protect the reputation of a system and those in power than it is to protect the basic dignity of the individuals who serve that system or who are served by that system, you can be sure that the shame is systemic, the money is driving ethics, and the accountability is all but dead. This is true in corporations, nonprofits, universities, governments, faith communities, schools, families and sports programs. If you think back on any major scandal fueled by cover-ups, you’ll see this same pattern. And the restitution and resolution of cover-ups almost always happens in the wilderness – when one person steps outside their bunker and speaks their truth.”
– Brené Brown
Brown B (2017).Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone. Random House. Quote from page 78.