As a minority, and someone who has often been one of the youngest members of my workgroups throughout my career, I have firsthand experience of what it’s like to feel unheard. I want to ensure that others don’t have this same experience.
So, it’s paramount that we build an environment where individuals can show up as their true selves and where differing and dissenting views are encouraged. As a leader, I make a concerted effort to create a team dynamic that encourages authenticity, innovative thinking, and values individuality.
This, in my experience, allows for a team that not only shares freely but also allows for the voices to be truly heard.