The BMC is (less than) 2 weeks away. With that said I want to invite all of you to start thinking about the kind of inclusionary leader you want to be. I want to share with you my take on what it means to be an inclusionary leader as a white man of privilege.
I hold that it requires a conscious partnership of the head and the heart for me to be an inclusionary leader. Being aware of my biases and my blind spots helps me to understand that people that look like me don’t necessarily have all the answers.
Inclusionary leaders recognize and appreciate the increasing innovation and problem solving that occurs when they value different perspective. Now part of being an inclusionary leader requires us to show vulnerability by being our true selves and that we take responsibility for the impact of our actions, not just the intention. As inclusionary leaders, part of our responsibility is to use our power, position and privilege to amplify under represented voices. And we can start by inviting to the table and empowering them.
When it comes to the heart, inclusionary leadership has a familial feel to it. In my house when we have people over for dinner, the saying we live by is, “Family is who is around the table.” and everyone has a voice and contribution. I see that inclusion and belonging in the workplace working functioning in much the same way.
Lastly, leadership isn’t a “me” thing, rather it’s a “we” thing and this isn’t something that we are meant to do alone.
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