Great words to live by…if the words are given life.

Recently, I sat in frustration, watching volatile national events. In essence, watching what I can’t control instead of focusing on what I can control…and that is to remain an advocate for leaders (and all employees) to lead when it comes to workplace civility.

Every year, our office closes for two days so all staff can attend the Global Leadership Summit. In his opening talk at this year’s summit, Bill Hybels listed out, for leaders, 10 Rules of Respect. These are great words for all leaders to live by (and incredibly timely). Here they are:

Rule # 1. Leaders must set the example on how to differ with others without demonizing them.

Rule # 2. Leaders must set the example of how to have spirited conversations without drawing blood.

Rule # 3.  Leaders must not interrupt others who are talking and must not dominate the conversation.

Rule # 4.  Leaders must set the example of limiting their volume levels and refusing to use incendiary or belittling words that guarantee to derail a discussion.

Rule # 5.  Leaders must set the example of being courteous in word and deed to everyone at every level.

Rule # 6.  Leaders must never stereotype.

Rule # 7.  Leaders must apologize immediately when they are wrong, instead of denying or doubling down.

Rule # 8.  Leaders must form opinions carefully and stay open-minded if better information comes along.

Rule # 9.  Leaders must set the example of showing up when they say they are going to show up and doing what they say they are going to do.

Rule # 10.  Leaders must set “Rules of Respect” for everyone in the organization and enforce them relentlessly.

Yes, great words to live by…if the words are given life.

What are you doing as a leader at work to take a stand for workplace civility? (Being a “leader” does not always require a title; all employees can lead by using their influence).

What conversations at work about civility, respect, closed mindedness are not happening, that should?

Our workplaces are our workplaces. What will you do to see that the behavior you expect is actually what you get?

The choice is yours…always has been, and always will be.

Here’s to great words that live with action, impact, intentionality and hope.

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About Dave Tippett

Dave is well-known in the Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan business community for his enthusiasm, training creativity and commitment to helping people work better, together. He provides customized training content, delivered with an innovative and interactive approach. Aside from training, Dave is also a published playwright and author. He and his wife, Jill, live in Gibsonburg.

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