THREE THINGS WE NEED TO DO FOR BETTER DIVERSITY
We do not need a bunch of men or women pontificating about diversity. We need action.
If you’re speaking at a conference, ensure at least 30% of your fellow speakers are women. But more than that, make sure everyone speaking is credible and brings something interesting to the table. i.e. no tokenism. That doesn’t mean they have to be the CEO of a company that everyone knows. A different way of looking at things is great. The world needs all the fresh perspectives it can get!
Stop being lazy!
Great women exist, but it might take some work to find them. This is further exacerbated by the ‘noise’ of others and wrong metrics. For instance, just because someone has lots of followers on social media does not mean they are subject matter experts. It just might be a reflection of their ability to create and promote content (both of which can be outsourced). This is eclipsing great people. Dig deeper, get curious and shine a light into hidden crevices.
Leaders vs People in Positions of Power
This is a game changer! The word ‘leader’ is banded around to cover some of the most irresponsible and short-sighted humans on this
planet. In organisations, the word ‘leader’ is sometimes attached to those who navigated the corporate matrix to rise to the top. These are not examples of leaders. They are examples of people in positions of power. We must distinguish between the two.
Real leaders are:
- Not necessarily the loudest in the room or the most gregarious
- Considered and considerate
- Reflective and think about the world around them beyond tomorrow
- Collaborative and work beyond silos
- Responsible with the discipline to think through potential consequences and seek better solutions
- Able to navigate complexity and uncertainty
This needs to be our standard if we are to level the playing field for people from all cultures, genders, backgrounds and creeds.
N.B. There is a lot more complexity to this issue. If you’d like to know more, please send me a note, and I’d be happy to share insights, nuances and strategies.
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