You might be surprised when I say that, right now, talking about diversity of thought in the workplace is misleading and counterproductive.
But hear me out.
Now I of course appreciate that “in principle” diversity of thought is important. After all, what surely matters most is that we’re all represented and can share our thoughts authentically and without bias, right?
Well, yes and no!
The truth is that we’re not at that stage yet. Because, you see, valuing diversity of thought means that we can all express ourselves from an equal base. However, this is far from the actual reality of how our society and workplaces currently operate.
To ensure true diversity, the microcosm of your workforce needs to represent the macrocosm of the world we live in. This means that actual diversity is really important! Our world is a place that’s so rich with different cultures, ethnicities, religious beliefs, genders and more. But unfortunately, there’s still a huge imbalance when it comes to honouring this multifaceted diversity in our workplaces.
For example, we know that women and other minorities are still unfairly penalised and marginalised in their personal and professional lives. Yes, conversations are being had and steps are being taken to address this, but it’s slow and we are not yet where we need to be.
So, now is not the right time for opening the conversation around diversity of thought. Stepping into that arena will only distract us from the continuing efforts that are needed to first ensure equality and equity is reached. Right now, we need to focus our attention on addressing the tangible things like diversity of gender and race. Once we’ve reached the right balance in these areas, then can we do justice to the conversation of thought diversity.
Because, you see, it’s only when we have a culture of true inclusion, belonging and psychological safety that we can then really talk about expressing ourselves authentically.
If you’re ready to have the conversations that will really move the dial and start creating an environment of equality and diversity in your teams, I’d love to connect with you. CLICK HERE to contact me and arrange a call.
I'm a connector, leader, change-maker, mother and coach. My experience of going through many burnouts motivated me to find solutions to improve the culture in the workplace and achieve more.