How to Improve Diversity Within Leadership Teams

February 10, 2016
When you think of your prototypical mentor, you probably picture a seasoned professional like a Caucasian male with an impressive title and well-tailored suit. While this mentor type may work well for some companies, oftentimes organizations will find that their new, more varied employee demographic is full of untapped potential. A strategic and focused initiative to diversify your mentoring program can aid individuals in your organization by exposing them to a more diverse set of skills.

Using mentoring for diversity allows you to integrate value and purpose into your organizational culture by recognizing a wide range of knowledge and skills, reaching out to an increasingly diverse clientele, and motivating employees from all backgrounds to perform at their best.

Yes, diversifying your leadership team is highly effective in assisting minority employees to network with individuals in your organization who can help them learn and develop skills and progress in their careers.

When assembling a mentor team, make sure inclusion is the top priority. Studies show that cultivating different mentor types help expose individuals to different skill sets and cultural inclusions. Keep in mind the status quo white older male might not fit the bill for everyone.

Donít be afraid to have an open dialogue about cultural differences. They might expose an individual to a way of thinking that could benefit them later on in their career. Talking about and embracing cultural differences only enhances the mentor mentee relationship, and creates a stronger bond in the work force.

Remember one should find comfort in being uncomfortable. Say you have a mentor and a mentee that align on completely different levels culturally and generationally; Although these two may have a very different life experience or path, together they can really break down the wall of misunderstanding and gain insight from one another. Having both faced challenges and opposition in life at one time or another, and perhaps have a different view of how they think, together they could really blossom into a wonderful and productive partnership.

Diversity and inclusion practices in the workplace are something that should be more than just accepted by organizations Ė they should be championed! These practices should be fully integrated into organizational culture in order to receive the tremendous benefits they provide to both your employees and your organization.

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