The murders of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor sparked outrage over the racism Black people face in their daily lives and has brought racial injustice to the forefront of conversations among individuals, communities and organizations.
Dr. Mona Sue Weissmark has just launched her new book, "The Science of Diversity," which is now available for media review. The book is available through the publisher, Oxford University Press, and also through Amazon.
Especially in a time of crisis, leaders should have a collective rather than individualistic approach and be willing to ask for help, even if it means going outside of their cultural comfort zone.
If we are to train leaders to be inclusive, we need to know what makes people feel included. And it comes down to the most important human drive: to be a unique self while belonging to a group.
Creating a more diverse workforce is a major initiative for many organizations. Training departments are working hard to train leaders. But some leaders might be afraid that creating more diverse teams is a change to successful business practices.
Whether conscious or unconscious, everyone has bias. To say otherwise is to ignore the brain’s innate tendency to make connections and “fill in the blanks” based on previous experiences or perspectives to come to faster conclusions.
Unconscious bias training is grounded in a commitment to the advantages of workforce diversity, which include fostering increased creativity, enhancing teamwork, and achieving exemplary customer service and community relations.