WBI’s Workplace Bullying Podcast: Learn from authorities in the field

Dear readers, if you’d like to learn more about workplace bullying from leading researchers and subject-matter experts, then check out Dr. Gary Namie’s Workplace Bullying Podcast (link here). Here’s how Gary describes the series:

This podcast showcases the reality of workplace bullying and abusive conduct and related phenomena from the dark side of the world of work and society.

Dr. Gary Namie, Director of the Workplace Bullying Institute sits down with people of various disciplines, striving together to develop and share with you a greater understanding and insight around this topic.

The guests so far include:

  • Dr. Ståle Einarsen, Director of the Bergen Bullying Research Group and Professor at the University of Bergen in Norway, perhaps the world’s leading researcher on workplace bullying;
  • Dr. Maureen Duffy, preeminent expert on mobbing behaviors, who kindly recruited me to join her as a co-editor on a two volume book set, Workplace Bullying and Mobbing in the United States (2018);
  • Allan Halse, a relentless workplace anti-bullying advocate in New Zealand, founder of CultureSafeNZ;
  • Kathy Fodness and Alice Percy of MAPE (Minnesota Association of Professional Employees), a labor union spearheading anti-bullying efforts in Minnesota, including the adoption of a policy protecting state workers;
  • Attorney Ellen Pinkos Cobb, a leading researcher and author on workplace anti-bullying laws and author of a new book Managing Psychosocial Hazards and Work-Related Stress in Today’s Work Environment: International Insights for U.S. Organizations (2022);
  • “Luke,” a longtime TV news executive who explains abuse and toxicity in the world of corporate media;
  • G. Richard Shell, legal and business ethics professor at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and author of The Conscience Code: Lead with your Values. Advance Your Career (2021);
  • Carol Fehner, perhaps the original union anti-bullying activist and an expert on applying for Social Security Disability insurance;
  • Tim Jon Semmerling, PhD, JD, talks about litigating death penalty cases and explains attorney-on-attorney bullying;
  • Retired union leaders and anti-bullying advocates Greg Sorozan and Jeff Recht explain their pioneering work to engage the labor movement in addressing workplace bullying;
  • Carrie Clark, a long-time, leading anti-bullying advocate, shares how she experienced this abuse as a targeted public schoolteacher.

Folks, I have the pleasure of knowing many of these good people, and I’m delighted to recommend that you spend some time with them. Check out this important series to learn more about workplace bullying and how we can effectively respond to it.

In addition, I’ll be joining Gary for a couple of episodes during the coming months, including a special one in which I will play the role of the interviewer. Stay tuned!

On expanding our view of global leadership to embrace human dignity

The term “global leadership” is strongly associated with economic, political, and social dominance in a neoliberal context. Degree programs using global leadership or similar monikers tend to be offered through graduate schools of business, and they usually emphasize market command in terms of ideas, information, and products. The latter point also applies to business conferences and workshops invoking the term.

However, at last December’s Annual Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, hosted by Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HDHS), I suggested that we should reframe global leadership through lenses of servant leadership and global stewardship. I expounded upon this topic and related it to themes of compassionate justice and therapeutic jurisprudence during my short remarks (under 10 minutes), which you may access here.


If you’re wondering where I’m going with this, it may help to define terms, and I’ll simply draw from Wikipedia:

Servant leadership is a…

…leadership philosophy in which the goal of the leader is to serve. This is different from traditional leadership where the leader’s main focus is the thriving of their company or organization. A servant leader shares power, puts the needs of the employees first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible. Instead of the people working to serve the leader, the leader exists to serve the people.

Stewardship is an…

…ethic that embodies the responsible planning and management of resources. The concepts of stewardship can be applied to the environment and nature, economics, health, property, information, theology, cultural resources etc.

With these general definitions as guideposts, I would like us to conceptualize and practice global leadership in a way that emphasizes our roles as stewards of, and servants to, the health of this planet and its inhabitants. 

Google hits

Last fall, in preparation for the HDHS workshop, I did a quick Google search to see how many “hits” certain relevant terms would yield. Here is what I found:

  • Search “global leadership” = ~1,060,000,000 hits
  • Search “global stewardship” = ~93,000,000 hits
  • Search “servant leadership” = ~57,000,000 hits

Clearly, among these terms, “global leadership” holds sway. Hence my belief that we should invoke it to advance dignitarian values, while elevating global stewardship and servant leadership in association with the core term.

Legal systems

As I further noted in my HDHS presentation, we have to apply these concepts of servant leadership and stewardship to those served by our legal systems, on a global level. After all:

  • Many are ill-served by it right now.
  • Our laws & public policies and their applications are not necessarily just.
  • The experiences of litigation and dispute resolution can be traumatizing in and of themselves.
  • Access to quality legal assistance is far from universal.

One of the answers to this is the field of therapeutic jurisprudence (TJ), which examines whether our laws, legal systems, and legal institutions support or undermine individual and societal well-being and psychologically healthy outcomes in legal proceedings. I have discussed TJ often on this blog. In 2017, I helped to create the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence, and last year I published a thorough assessment of the field, “Therapeutic Jurisprudence: Foundations, Expansion, and Assessment,” in the University of Miami Law Review. You may freely access it here.

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