Diversity is Essential for Growth and Opportunity
On the third Monday of January, we are called on to remember civil rights activist and Baptist minister, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and reflect upon how, in a mere 39 years, his presence changed the world forever. His passion for equality, diversity, and education continues to resonate among us. Even in a divided America, the inspiring emotional intelligence that was conveyed through Dr. King’s speeches leaves me with a warm feeling of inclusion.
Diversity and Success
Why is diversity essential to success? Diversity is no longer limited to race or gender — today it extends to education, age, disability, ethnicity, perspective, national origin, geographic location, familial status, and more. Building a diverse workforce is critical for organizations that strive for growth, improvement, and success in an increasingly diverse market. To limit diversity is to limit growth.
Diversity and Competition
The future of most modern-era organizations depends on the quality and diversity of employees they recruit and the clients they engage with today. Committing to provide an inclusive workplace will help improve the quality of your workforce, increase your return on investment, and afford you a competitive edge.
“…We must rise above the narrow confines of our individualistic concerns, with a broader concern for all humanity.”An excerpt from “The Birth of a New Age,” an address delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on 11 August 1956
Diversity and Recruiting
Are you aware that many job candidates review an organization’s commitment to sustaining a diverse and inclusive workforce when considering employment opportunities? Many high-value candidates compare workplace environments, preferring inclusivity, creativity, ingenuity, and collaboration with an open exchange of differing perspectives, ideas, and solutions.
Diversity and Leadership
To truly realize the benefits of diversity, an organization must value diversity in all that they do: strategic planning, business development, recruiting and human resources, training, and professional development, and management. This commitment will ultimately be reflected in their world-class customer service and employee engagement. Promoting diversity as a strategic value is in the long-term best interest of any successful organization.
Diversity and Opportunity
Leveraging diversity allows us to relate to people from varied backgrounds with respect. It prepares us to listen, to seek mutual understanding, and to welcome information exchanges fully without societal filters, bias, or prejudice. We should strive to understand diverse worldviews and ensure that we appreciate our differences.
“…The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically…Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.”An excerpt from “The Purpose of Education,” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as published in February of 1947 in the Maroon Tiger at Morehouse College.
Diversity and Relationship-Building
We must focus our efforts on understanding the forces that shape the views and actions of our clients, customers, and competitors. Training and practice will help you to accurately interpret internal and external situations that impact your organizations’ diversity and consciousness.
Diversity and You
We should truly see diversity itself as the real opportunity — creating an environment where diverse people can thrive. By better understanding diversity, we are better able to effectively acknowledge and reward people’s strengths, accomplishments, and personal growth, which leads to a better, stronger organization.
I have a dream that every person understands that education, diversity, and emotions matter, and that the power of all three will be used for our own good and the good of others.
Michelle Clark serves as Director of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships at Management Concepts. In this role, she drives the strategic development and maintenance of relationships with clients and organizations working to identify opportunities for new marketing alliances and establishing visibility for Management Concepts. In addition, she oversees trade shows, special events, webinars, and social media. Michelle is a certified PMP, holds a BA in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics and Government, and an MS in Justice, Law, and Society from American University.