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Teach: Respect Tools

The tools on this page can be adapted to teach respect, civility, or courtesy.
• If you would like to request those tools which were created by the Project on Positive Leadership, please click here.
• Please tell our community about how you use these tools and ask people for advice about how they use the tools on our LinkedIn groups page.
• If you have tools that you like to use when teaching respect, and you are willing to share them with us, please let us know by sending a message to ppl@louisville.edu.


Contempt, Respect, and Obsequiousness Stories

Free tool available upon request from the Project on Positive Leadership.

  • Author: Ryan Quinn
  • Date: 2020
  • Series: Virtues and Vices
  • Pages: 5
  • Summary: This is one of the tools that makes up the Project on Positive Leadership’s “Virtues and Vices” series of instructional tools. It contains four stories of respect, contempt, or obsequiousness. A tool with multiple stories enables students to examine what is required to exhibit ideal respect across different settings, and to account for the differing perspectives of multiple stakeholders. Each story includes carefully-crafted reflection questions to provoke the students’ learning, to prepare them for class, to prepare themselves to practice respect, and to motivate them to be more mindful about their approach to leadership.

Porath’s Civility Tools


A Phantom Man(n) at Witchsy: Casting a Spell Via Email?

  • Case
    • Price: $4.25
    • By Lynn Isabella and Jeremy Craddock
    • Darden School of Business
    • Publication Date: 2018
  • Summary: This cases raises fascinating questions about sources of disrespect across gender assumptions.

Saying What Needs to Be Said

  • Role Plays
    • Price: $4.25
    • By Martin Davidson
    • Darden School of Business
    • Publication Date: 2017
  • Summary: The conflict in these role plays can make respect challenging, and therefore serves as a useful tool for practicing respect.
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