Often, leaders look at diversity as a problem that needs to be solved. When we're not careful, we see liability and risk, and forget to see humanity and potential. However, effective diversity, equity, and inclusivity work is not about incorporating a new program or initiative. Instead, it's about remembering, acknowledging, and celebrating one another for our unique perspectives, points of view, and human experiences.
Easier said than done. Individuals are often taught to leave parts of themselves at home when approaching a workplace. And what's more, leaders too often gravitate toward those who think, look, and act like themselves. But these behaviors are liabilities to our leadership and to healthy, thriving work environments.
The best cultures—at work and at home—celebrate people not in spite of their differences but because of them.
When we cultivate a world that honors and celebrates difference, we cultivate creativity, connection, and belonging. When we make room at the table for unique perspectives and experiences, we make room for innovation, growth, and change.
As with any piece of our emotional and professional wellness, it's essential to start with ourselves and understand the lens through which we see the world, the culture we work in, and our teams. Then, and only then, we can get curious about how we create culture and impact others' abilities to show up fully as themselves.
In Becoming a More Inclusive Leader, we'll explore how to effectively lead ourselves and others so that the greatest resource in our businesses—our people—feel invited, accepted, and celebrated.
In Becoming a More Inclusive Leader, you’ll: