Leading with Dignity: How to Create a Culture That Brings Out the Best in People

Leading with Dignity: How to Create a Culture That Brings Out the Best in People

by Donna Hicks Ph.D


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What every leader needs to know about dignity and how to create a culture in which everyone thrives
This landmark book from an expert in dignity studies explores the essential but underrecognized role of dignity as part of good leadership. Extending the reach of her award‑winning book Dignity: Its Essential Role in   Resolving Conflict, Donna Hicks now contributes a specific, practical guide to achieving a culture of dignity.
Most people know very little about dignity, the author has found, and when leaders fail to respect the dignity of others, conflict and distrust ensue. Hicks highlights three components of leading with dignity: what one must know in order to honor dignity and avoid violating it; what one must do to lead with dignity; and how one can create a culture of dignity in any organization, whether corporate, religious, governmental, healthcare, or beyond. Brimming with key research findings, real‑life case studies, and workable recommendations, this book fills an important gap in our understanding of how best to be together in a conflict‑ridden world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300248456
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 10/08/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 162,438
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Donna Hicks, Ph.D. is an associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University. As a conflict resolution specialist, she has facilitated diplomatic efforts in the Middle East and other high‑conflict regions and conducted numerous training seminars worldwide.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

Part I What You Need to Know to Lead with Dignity

1 How to Honor Dignity 15

2 How to Avoid Violating Dignity 28

3 Dignity's Depth and Breadth 38

4 Leadership and Human Development: What Is the Connection? 46

5 How to Educate Future Leaders about Dignity 58

Part II What You Need to Do to Lead with Dignity

6 Demonstrate and Encourage Lifelong Learning and Development 73

7 Set the Tone: Make It Safe to Be Vulnerable 83

8 Cultivate Trust 93

9 Activate Empathy 100

10 Head to the Balcony 108

11 Take Responsibility 116

Part III Creating a Culture of Dignity

12 Advocate for Dignity Education 127

13 Implement a Dignity Education Program for Everyone 137

14 Assess Dignity Strengths and Weaknesses 145

15 Address Lingering Wounds to Dignity 154

16 Resolve Current and Future Conflicts with Dignity 163

17 The Dignity Pledge 175

18 Normalize Dignity Learning and Practice 183

19 Humanity Ascending: The Rewards of Leading with Dignity 187

Notes 193

Bibliography 201

Index 207

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