Dignity and the human spirit are at the heart of many people skills such as leadership and functioning within society in general.
Dignity is having a confident sense of your self-worth and living up to that ideal. Life without dignity meanders without standards, desires and sense of accomplishment.
Laura Hillenbrand, author of books and magazine articles, said that dignity is as essential to human life as water, food and oxygen. Indeed, without dignity, those elements flow through the body without stopping to foster growth. The body is an empty vessel.
A further conversation with Kate Nasser looked deeper into the impact of dignity. Known as The People Skills Coach™, she is the author of “Leading Morale,” as well as a speaker and trainer on leadership, teamwork, customer service and morale.
Without dignity, humans belittle, disrespect and bully people. That comes back to self. Without dignity for yourself, you won’t have dignity for others. Self-loathing projects onto others as bullying and abuse.
Dignity moves people to look after themselves and others while aspiring to greater things for those they can help.
Our needs to belong and matter feed into dignity. Dignity can be inward, being satisfied with yourself. The bonus is having the spirit to do likewise for others, supporting the dignity of the community.
Great leaders honor those at work and in society through genuine and heartfelt respect. They let people be heard without denigrating them and their humanity.
People skills help us feel dignity and honor others first by listening to what they say without pre-judging, responding to them in the spirit of their requests.
Dignity, equality and justice are inseparable. Without equality and justice, there is no dignity in the back of the bus.
Our vision of dignity should be that someday there won’t be a need to talk about the need for dignity.
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