Leverage Everyone’s Potential
“I'm color-blind and gender-blind; I treat everyone the same.” Many outstanding leaders have long operated this way. In reality, each of us wants to be treated as a unique individual, not as carbon copies of each other.
Fair-mindedness sometimes means being mindful of differences. Recognizing the diverse ways that employees view or experience situations is part of being an insightful and courageous leader.
With White Men as Full Diversity Partners, business leaders understand the fallacy of assuming that everyone is just like them – with the same life experiences, beliefs, priorities, needs and aspirations.
Leaders come away appreciating how their organizational culture is a composite of many individual perspectives and subcultures, including a dominant white male culture. There's nothing wrong with that culture – but its impact on the organization needs to be recognized. Leaders appreciate the difference between treating everyone equally and treating everyone equitably.
Understanding and valuing each individual’s unique contribution, leads to:
- open and productive communications
- inspired teamwork
- an environment that supports creative ideas and innovation
- business advantage
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We invite men and women of color to say: How are you impacting the process? What is it that you need to learn about your own assumptions that either enhance or inhibit the very things you say you want to see in your organization? What of that do you own? Not to take on the responsibility that belongs to white men - but how are we showing up?