Regardless of your role at work, you may have been either the recipient or facilitator of racism and discrimination in your life or organization. A conversation about “anti-semitism, unwanted sexual advances, or misunderstandings about LGBTQ lifestyles, marginalizing others is poison for your company.” How well one communicates discrimination and unconscious bias will define one’s impact as a leader. But, even more disconcertingly our behavior as humans.
But what about marginalized people whose voices are stifled by managers whose biases are unconscious? Some whose biases are placed in a safe place by consultants who claim we all have biases” As though such thinking and behaviors are acceptable because we all may do so.
One can’t help but be aghast with the continuing disparities in inclusion despite prolonged diversity training by wide-ranging organizations. Seen as a nice to have by companies especially in todays “Metoo” movement, organizations are familiar with the risks of using human resources merely as a buffer against lawsuits ..
When I hear the term "being a team player" I cringe. This reminds me of the antagonist in an Any Rand novel. Someone seeking to suppress the importance of individual worth for groupthink.
If you were to grade your own bias how would you rate yourself on your impact professionally and individually? Can you make improvements? Many people probably believe they aren't prejudiced. We trust ourselves to be ethical and impartial, too. Inside the workplace, however, we likely believe we’re true decision makers, able to objectively determine a candidate or employee’s overall performance and accomplishing a rational and honest end.
At the risk of being an outlier I am just going to say it by quoting Dr, Martin Luther King Jr., “There is nothing more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” I am convinced black people misunderstand racism and bias as much as white people.