What if...... you underestimated a team member, overlooked them for a promotion, and then later found out that they were not only qualified but more qualified than the person that you extended the offer to? Do you feel equipped to handle that situation? What would you do?
As leaders, one of the hardest things to do can be to admit when we are wrong. Especially if it involves others. Yet one of the best things you can do for morale when you are wrong is admit it. Confront and Confess.
Most employees do not expect leaders to know everything or for them to be infallible. What they desire is to be heard, appreciated, and respected. This becomes even more important if the error negatively impacted them.
By confronting the individual or individuals involved you acknowledge that leaders are human, that YOU are human. It also demonstrates that you are owning up to your mistakes and holding yourself accountable to a standard of integrity instead of attempting to "hide behind" your title or position within the organization.
Confessing that you were wrong about them will go a long way towards building trust between everyone involved. This show of respect helps to unify the whole team.
But you can't do any of this if you are not willing to admit that unconscious bias exists within you. Awareness of personal bias is intentional. Confronting your bias when you become aware of them can be uncomfortable, but as a leader, as a human, it is the right thing to do.
Top organizations take action and top talent is attracted to that!
Take a look at the video below and find out the subtle ways in which unconscious bias can sneak up on even the most intentional leaders......
Contact an associate today to find out how Moreland Training & Associates can help you and your team identify individual hidden biases and develop an action plan to optimize the diversity within your organization.
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