Is forgiveness possible at work?

“I can never forgive him for what he/she did.”

Is forgiveness possible in the work place? Is it desirable even?

One thing is certain, I can’t make him forgive me. Neither can I make someone apologise for what they have done.

Well, perhaps I can force (bully) them to say the words “I am sorry”, but that’s not quite the same thing as being sorry.

If we have been wronged, the effect on us can be profound and endure. Sometimes decades later forgotten wounds can resurface.

To forgive another person does not make them right, but it does begin to release me from some of the effects of the hurt.

Forgiving is never easy. But in a damaged relationship, the first and sometimes the only step I can take is to begin to examine and adjust my own response.

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About drstevelewis

Good leadership is essential for any project to succeed. I specialise in the most difficult leadership challenges; those involving the way we relate to other people or the way they relate to us. With a background of many years in business and an earlier training in medicine I combine the two in a unique consultancy.
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