Reinforcing your company story with company leaders is critical to DIBs success. This video shows you use examples of how to engage leaders to help promote belonging and help support and reinforce your business case and strategy.
- When I think about this topic, it is, can be intimidating. It is challenging. It does evolve. It's a journey, not a destination, and for managers, they want the checklist. If I do these three things, then I'll be successful. This algorithm, if this, then that. We kind of have some of the algorithm. We don't have it all, and unfortunately, algorithm keeps changing on us 'cause the world's changing. So the attributes that I look for, vulnerability, a growth mindset, because you're going to make mistakes and how do you learn from it? A mistake is not a failure. How do you seek feedback so you're more self aware? And how do you lead with compassion? So if you have these elements and the vulnerability is to show your own journey, if you can tell your own story of discovery, then you become the role model for others and they open up to you and they become more vulnerable, and there's this beautiful gift of humanity that happens and the trust improves, and if you think about Amy Edmondson talking about psychological safety or Brené Brown talking about the power of vulnerability and leadership, these things really matter, and if you have those elements, you will be an amazing leader. And I know it's hard, and so you take small bites. You seek to understand, you listen more attentively. Get a coach. If you are making mistakes, figure it out. Ask, how could I have done it better? And then practice that. If you can have a leader tell their story, not only their career path, which is nice. I can look at your LinkedIn profile and find out what you did, but I don't know why you did what you did. I don't know your struggles, I don't know the opportunities, I don't know what made you go from A to C, and by telling the story, one, you allow others to envision their possible paths, which is a great gift, but if you think about the moments when you learn the most, it's not when things are perfect. And so if you have a leader tell those moments when they didn't belong, the biggest challenges, their mistakes, who helped them and how. Did you have a mentor, an advocate? How did you pick yourself up? 'Cause we all fall down at work. It's how you pick yourself up. How did you own it? Did you have a growth mindset or not? Did you have a fixed mindset? Did you just repeat the same old pattern? Like, how'd you get where you're going? Those stories, inevitably, unlock opportunity in someone else's brain. And if they're authentic, if they're real, they're humble, and they're personal, that's a huge gift. And so I do seek my leaders to share their story. I seek others, I bring people in all the time to talk and share, and what I find that happens is that the leader becomes more reflective about those moments where they made their mistakes and they become more compassionate to their employees, as well. More patient, more of a coach advocate. Because you don't, like raising a family, you don't want to take away every roadblock in front of them because when they're an adult, they won't know how to operate as an adult. And so at work, I have to give my employees enough leeway, rope, to stumble a little bit, hit a plexiglass wall, and then say, "What'd you learn from that?" Yeah, you're right. Let's pick it up, let's move. Don't let them fail, but allow enough bruises along the way so they feel challenged and grow. And so storytelling from a leader's perspective, getting them to open up creates part of the foundation for culture change. It gives permission to be more vulnerable. It shows people opportunities for career pathing and should increase engagement of an organization. And so the more you tell those stories, the more you showcase those things, it gives people an optimistic point of view.
- Determine what prevents a company from being equitable.
- Explain the importance of storytelling.
- Construct how an interview process should work that would enable you to hire diverse talent.
- Describe the purpose of listening to employees.
- Determine the factors for choosing DIBs role models in a company.