Whistleblowers as Heroes

Fostering “Quiet” Heroism in Place of the Heroic Whistleblower Stereotype

Authored by: A. J. Brown

Handbook of Heroism and Heroic Leadership

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  October  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138915633
eBook ISBN: 9781315690100
Adobe ISBN: 9781317426110

10.4324/9781315690100.ch19

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Abstract

Whistleblowing, or the act of speaking up with concerns or information about wrongdoing inside organizations and institutions, can be one of the most important and difficult forms of heroism in modern society. In a complex world where power, decision-making and the lives and work of citizens are tied up with the good governance of public and corporate institutions, the everyday people inside organizations are often the best placed to tell the truth about what went wrong after a disaster—or, even better, to sound the alarm before poor, risky or corrupt practices take hold, and so limit corruption or avert tragedy.

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