When we, as leaders, choose to engage in condescending behavior there are some guaranteed results that can be expected:
- Others will feel devalued
- Trust in us will plummet
- Polarization will ensue
- Our message will be throttled
- Our impact and influence will be diminished
Kinda hard to see how any of those things move us toward betterment.
Condescension might be tempting. It might feel good. It might allow us a sense of self-righteousness. It might score a few short-term points. It might even get a few laughs.
Perhaps we should step away from the microphone and think twice -- or 100 times -- before engaging in condescension. Doesn't look like it pencils out.............