Episode 1: Dignity Defined

Exploring what it means to live and lead with dignity at work, in our families, in our communities, and in the world.

What is dignity? How can we honor the dignity of others? And how can we repair and reclaim our dignity after harm? Tune in to hear stories about violations of dignity and ways in which we heal, forgive, and make choices about how we show up in a chaotic and fractured world.

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Hosted by physician and coach Jennifer Griggs.

Episode Summary

In this episode, Vanessa Aron and Jennifer Griggs discuss the concept of dignity and its importance in our lives. Jennifer explains that dignity is our inherent worth or value and that it is honored through acceptance, inclusion, safety, acknowledgement, recognition, understanding, fairness, autonomy, and accountability. These are the elements of dignity identified by Donna Hicks, PhD through multiple interviews around the world.

Jennifer has organized these elements into three categories: belonging, being seen and heard, and justice. She also explores the relationship between dignity and other values, the barriers to understanding dignity, and how we can violate our own dignity and the dignity of others. Finally, she shares how understanding dignity has transformed her life and leadership.

Takeaways

Dignity is our inherent worth or value, and it is recognized when we are treated with acceptance, inclusion, safety, acknowledgement, recognition, understanding, fairness, autonomy, and accountability.
Dignity can be organized into three categories: belonging, being seen and heard, and justice.
Barriers to understanding dignity include forgetting our own worth, forgetting the worth of others, and reacting without mindfulness.
We can violate our own dignity by mistreating our bodies or seeking excessive validation from others.
Violations of dignity can lead to trauma, and it is important to understand and heal from these experiences.
Living and leading with dignity involves recognizing and honoring the dignity of ourselves and others.

Chapters

00:00 Introduction to Dignity

01:08 The Elements of Dignity

04:44 Being Seen and Heard

05:10 Justice

06:31 Dignity in Relation to Other Values

07:26 Barriers to Understanding Dignity

08:24 Violating Our Own Dignity

09:46 Violating the Dignity of Others

10:41 Dignity and Trauma

11:10 Living and Leading with Dignity

12:32 Upcoming Podcast Episodes

13:27 Closing Remarks

Exploring what it means to live and lead with dignity at work, in our families, in our communities, and in the world.

What is dignity? How can we honor the dignity of others? And how can we repair and reclaim our dignity after harm? Tune in to hear stories about violations of dignity and ways in which we heal, forgive, and make choices about how we show up in a chaotic and fractured world.

Hosted by physician and coach Jennifer Griggs.

For more information on the podcast, please visit thedignitylab.com
For more information on podcast host Dr. Jennifer Griggs, please visit jennifergriggs.com
For additional free resources, including the periodic table of dignity elements, please visit jennifergriggs.com/resources/

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