We influence, lead and relate to others through our choice of words. We can build up, or tear down someone with a few words. We establish and maintain organizational culture by the words we use and the ideas they promote. We lead by example through the demonstrated alignment of our actions and aspirational words.
We are also accountable for our words.
The demonization of others through hate-filled speech has consequences. We owe it to each other to call out, and hold accountable, those among us who promote hate and incite division.