We face a crisis of respect and civility in the US today.

This crisis is not unique to Americans but a recent study describes the huge concerns many Americans have with civility and respect in our country right now.

The biggest recent story is the exposure of some Hollywood producers and directors for years of sexual harassment and sexual assault of female actors. The #MeToo hashtag has exploded with women across all industries and countries sharing their experiences of sexual harassment and assault by men in power.

Incivility and disrespect play out every day in our homes, neighborhoods, workplaces, politics, and social media networks around the globe.

The 2017 survey of Civility in America, an annual study undertaken by Weber Shandwick, Powell Tate, and KRC Research, found that the belief that the US has a major civility problem is at a record high – nearly 70% of respondents agreed with that statement. 75% of Americans believe that incivility has risen to crisis levels. 73% feel that the US is losing stature as a civil nation.

Only 22% of respondents believe civility in America will get better in the coming years.

Disrespect and incivility erode trust, performance, service, and proactive problem solving – in our neighborhoods and workplaces.

There is a solution to this crisis of respect and civility.

In today’s three-minute episode of my Culture Leadership Charge video series, I describe this simple, actionable solution in detail.

My Culture Leadership Charge series features short (two-to-three-minute) videos that describe proven culture leadership and servant leadership practices that boost engagement, service, and results across your work teams, departments, regions, and even your entire company.

Each episode’s “charge” is a challenge for everyone in your organization – not just leaders – to refine their behaviors and ensure everyone is treated respectfully at all times.

You’ll find my Culture Leadership Charge episodes and more on my YouTube channel. If you like what you see, please subscribe!

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S. Chris Edmonds

Chris helps leaders create purposeful, positive, productive work cultures. He's a speaker, author, and executive consultant. He blogs, podcasts, and video casts. He is the author of two Amazon bestsellers: Good Comes First (2021) and The Culture Engine (2014).
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