In my work as a peace-building trainer and dialogue facilitator, dignity is situated at the center of all I do. Dignity is our inherent value as human beings. Though our dignity can be violated, it cannot be taken from us. In this three-part series, we have explored what it means to live a life of dignity and how we can be dignity ambassadors in the workplace by exploring five dignity practices. In this final article, we explore five “ways of being” that are necessary in order to honor the dignity of others.
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If you have done any reading or studying about the shared characteristics of highly effective leaders, you have no doubt read about emotional intelligence — a phrase coined by two psychologists and academicians, John Mayer, of the University of New Hampshire, and Peter Salovey of Yale University and made popular by Danial Goleman in his best-selling book Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ.
Emotional intelligence is critical to effective leadership, and it is equally essential for cultivating a workplace culture of peace — a culture that fosters human security and dignity.
Humans have a profound ability to engage in deeply protracted conflict that wounds us psychologically, emotionally, spiritually and physically. From terrorism to capitalism and numerous “isms” in between, humans have created systems that wound at an individual and collective level. We are far more adept at spreading widespread conflict than we are at cultivating widespread peace. Why are we so much better at harming others and ourselves? What must we do to become equally adept at loving others and ourselves? These are the questions in which this paper will seek to provide answers.
The 2016 presidential election has brought to the forefront of American politics a schism that can no longer be ignored, excused or overlooked. How did we become so divided? And, what will it take for the American people to unite? Those are the defining questions of 2016.
Mediators and peacemakers work with individuals and groups experiencing conflict. The role of a mediator is to be an impartial, third-party facilitator who helps individuals and / or groups achieve resolution to a conflict. A “conflict sherpa,” the mediator is trained to move parties through a resolution process while ensuring the parties maintain complete control over the outcome. The process for arriving at resolution belongs to the mediator. The resolution of the dispute belongs to the parties, which means a resolution may or may not occur. Relationships may or may not be restored. The pain associated with the conflict may or may not be healed. Forgiveness may or may not be desired and / or achieved. The role of a peacemaker and peace-builder goes far beyond that.