This doesn’t qualify as a monumental insight, but in weighing the key personal characteristics that are valuable toward combating workplace bullying and related behaviors, I keep coming back to empathy and resilience.
Empathy inhibits us from engaging in bullying and leads us to support someone who is being mistreated.
Resilience is part of our “institutional immunity system” so that we can deal with, respond to, and — if necessary –recover from a host of hostile and/or dysfunctional behaviors at work.
We have to nurture these qualities in kids and adults alike. We’ll all be happier and healthier as a result.