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How Can You Make Sure Everyone Is Valued and Included?
Interrupt your own biases.
“First of all, it's critical that you, as a leader, work on interrupting your own biases, your own misunderstandings around people's behaviors,” says Ritu. “Because, when you do this, and you signal, it's important to me that I interrupt my own biases so that we can systemically interrupt biases, others will follow suit.”
Watch the video to hear Ritu share her second tip for leaders on inclusivity.
- Leaders must address their own biases first and name them out loud.
- Leaders must practice vulnerability and transparency.
- Everyone else is more likely to follow suit and feel welcome.
But the second thing that you can do as a leader in order to build a more diverse and inclusive environment is commit to consistently being authentic on the job. Revealing more of who you are in every moment you can. The reason this is so important is because, to build an inclusive environment, what we're really trying to do is normalize differences and celebrate, embrace and leverage differences. But in order for that to happen, as leader, you can't push conformity or sameness. You must bring your differences to bear. Be different yourself. Share what makes you unique. And so, you model authenticity and how you behave. If you want people to feel more included, then you need to feel included yourself.
And so, interrupting your biases and being authentic are two key practical things that you can do immediately in order to help build a more diverse and inclusive organization.
Ritu didn’t always feel empowered to be an unapologetic, fiercely authentic leader. While she was highly successful and living the corporate dream in her early career, she realized the person she was in her daily life bore little rese...
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