Everybody Matters Podcast: Donna Hicks, Leading With Dignity

A few weeks ago, I wrote a LinkedIn post inspired by a New York Times column from Thomas Friedman that was sent to me by my friend Bill Ury.

It talked about the poverty of dignity we’re experiencing in the world. I have been thinking about that a lot lately, especially in how it dovetails with our message of Truly Human Leadership and creating a workplace and a world where everybody matters.

This brought me to Donna Hicks, author, conflict resolution specialist and Harvard professor who wrote the book, Leading With Dignity. Recently we had a lengthy conversation. On the topic of dignity and leadership in our workplaces, Donna wrote:

I have often found that leaders of organizations do not have a working knowledge of dignity and the role it plays in our lives and relationships. The leaders with whom I have worked are good people, but before I arrived they generally had little understanding of dignity and were harming their employees dignity without knowing it.

On this week’s Everybody Matters Podcast, Brent Stewart and Mary Rudder have a conversation with Donna where she unpacks many of the issues with dignity and leadership – what dignity really is and how leaders can restore and honor our dignity.

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Truly Human Leadership is found throughout Barry-Wehmiller Companies, where Bob Chapman is Chairman and CEO. A $3+ billion global capital equipment and engineering consulting firm, Barry-Wehmiller’s 12,000 team members are united around a common belief: we can use the power of business to build a better world. Chapman explores that idea in his Wall Street Journal best-selling book, Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring For Your People Like Family, available from Penguin Random House.


  • Andrew Wagner says:

    I’ve been wondering how long it would take for you to connect your work to Donna Hicks. We had a book club at my company on Donna’s book “Dignity” a year or so ago. Excellent!

  • Kit Tennis says:

    I’m so pleased that Donna and B-W are in cahoots! Donna’s dignity work is extraordinarily effective in healing individuals, teams and organizations, and is a perfect illustration of the B-W way.

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