This past week, I started facilitating the Ohio Diversity Council Network discussion group on LinkedIn. Diversity and Inclusion is often referred to when discussing cultural and racial differences, but it also refers to generational, gender, religious, economic, or personal orientation differences. Appreciating what makes each of us different can make all of us stronger.
As leaders, we need to leverage the uniqueness of our team members to enhance the performance of the whole team. How to honor those differences while keeping everyone moving in the same direction is one of the many challenges of leadership. With diversity and inclusion in mind, here are some related quotes:
It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences. -Audre Lorde
Diversity: the art of thinking independently together. -Malcolm Forbes
The price of the democratic way of life is a growing appreciation of people’s differences, not merely as tolerable, but as the essence of a rich and rewarding human experience. -Jerome Nathanson
You were born an original … Don’t die a copy. -John Mason
Civilization is the process in which one gradually increases the number of people included in the term ‘we’ or ‘us’ and at the same time decreases those labeled ‘you’ or ‘them’ until that category has no one left in it. -Howard Winters
Do you have a favorite quote on this topic? Add a comment and share!
Tuesday Tidbits are weekly messages I send to my leadership team. They are generally short & sweet, often focused on leadership or teamwork, always positive and, hopefully, motivational. I hope you also find some meaning in them.