In an interview with an employee of a client recently she kept saying "they" and "them" when speaking about leaders in the business.
At one point I asked "What if they were just human beings like you and me?"
There was uncomfortable silence for a few seconds.
She then said "It's really odd (LOL) that I have never thought of my bosses as human beings before."
"Well" I said "When we see people as human beings first, we often view the roles they're playing differently."
Everyone you work with and meet is a remarkable human being. Some may not be showing it right this minute. Have you met a perfect human being?
See everyone as the remarkable, one-of-a-kind that each of us is.
When there's no them or they, only us, everything changes.
PS I get it that some people want to insist on them and they, separateness, and their way being the only way. The great paradox about us/we is that I'm only accountable for me.