Tuesday Tips: Leading diversity
Leading diversity (difference) is amongst the most complex and difficult of all challenges that leaders face. How can you lead difference in such a way that the benefits of diversity can flourish?
Difference takes many forms – personal, cultural, gender to name but three. Identify the ‘difference’ in your team and think how best to leverage this to your advantage.
The ‘leading difference’ challenge is to move from a position of being ‘different from’ one another to being ‘different for’ one another to being ‘different together’.
Leading difference is the ‘new normal’ and you will need to find a framework and toolset to allow authentic conversation, a willingness to delve into creating and building emotional intelligence to leverage your diversity in order to be able to extract the multiple benefits for you and your team / business.
Maybe a place to start would be to discuss (at your next team meeting) what the old African maxim ‘If you want to go fast, go alone; If you want to go far, go together’ means for you.
Raising awareness around difference in your team, and how important it is to leverage this difference (learning how to be different ‘for’ each other) is the first step in this important journey.
Chat to us if you’d like to kickstart 2017 by starting to raise this awareness and really leveraging the benefits of the diversity in your teams and organisations.