Our differences are our value to one another. How well do you incorporate this thought in your decision making?
Hidden Biases are our “Blind Spots”
We all have these, and for those who seek coaching from me, that’s the first thing we discuss because those are the traits we seek to develop. The important thing is to find your own and work toward balancing how you approach decisions, create workgroups, obtain input from others and develop staff over all.
I see these issues in the workplace often. They are unintentional, hence, hidden, and it isn’t until I seek diversity in a group that one realizes that they tend to choose the same people for many activities that result in substantial changes to the workplace. I seek to encourage those leaders I work with to learn about your hidden biases and find ways to make meaningful changes. See how to do this. Share this opportunity to grow with your supervisory staff for sure as they are the day to day leaders that have the most impact in how to move an organization from the tactical types of things they do. Identifying these biases will not only make you a better person, better supervisor, better leader, but it could result in reduced conflict, reduced liklihood of perceived harassment, improved performance, employee empowerment and engagement. Nothing makes a better leader than one who recognizes the value of what ALL employees can contribute.