Don't Be A Bully - Lead With Love!
ARE YOU A BULLY?
I was recently talking with a client about their work environment. It is amazing how drastically the work place has changed in the last few decades.
In similar fashion to the #meetoo movement what was once widely acceptable and expected in the way of conversation is no longer tolerated. You simply cannot talk to people like that any more!
In short, if you have not changed your communication style and word choices since your first job out of high school in 1975, you should be updating your resume and your sensitivity training at once.
Ironically, geography may be the determining factor in some language and terminology decisions. As an example, in the south (Bible Belt) the use of profanity is considered offense except under extreme conditions. Referring to people or addressing them with profanity might we be fighting words and land you in serious hot water for disrespect or even insubordination.
However, you could be fired or worse for using the wrong pronoun if you work in Seattle, San Francisco or similar minded locals. You should know this if your job requires travel. You might be a bully and not even know it. Seriously.
Bottom line is this: Bullying is ABOUT HOW OTHERS FEEL when the encounter is done. LOVE is accepting, forgiving and appreciated by ALMOST everyone. Leaders should approach everyone with love, respect and dignity whether you agree with their lifestyle, their logic or their lingo or not.
Lead with love.
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