07 Feb Using Coaching To Promote Diversity Inclusion and Equity at Work
The 2020 global pandemic has shown us that much of what we took for granted is of much greater importance. It has also shown us that more is to be done on all levels to bridge racial inequity, close the chasm, and create a more inclusive society.
Many have failed to invest in the development of diverse employees who could one day step into the C-Suite roles. The latest claim is that they are unable to find eligible leaders of diverse backgrounds to promote into those roles.
It seemed to have never entered the minds of these leaders to develop a strategy to ensure their leadership is more reflective of the population they serve. Even industries with predominantly diverse employee base such as education, health care, and the service industry are not prepared to move diverse leaders into leadership roles.
Difficulty Finding Future Diverse Leaders
As I listened to the feedback from leaders who attended the Canadian Congress on Inclusive Diversity 2021 conference I participated in, it became apparent that the fastest way to resolve this issue is to focus on coaching and mentoring for mid-career professionals from diverse backgrounds.
The fact that we are having this conversation is a sign of failure on the part of those in leadership. Failure to pay attention to the changing demographics of a changing society, and failure to develop strategies to address the changing landscape with diverse representation in their decision-making and leadership roles.
Using Coaching To Boost Equity at Work
The easiest and fastest way to boost diversity inclusion in the C-Suite is by promoting equity, which will allow more women and individuals from diverse groups to be successful in these positions.
Coaching is known as one of the most strategic processes for growth and development. Though leadership and executive coaching are now mainstream, there is room to expand access to coaching in organizations to invite and prepare a larger pool of prospects for the C-Suite.
Coaching has been proven to be a process that unlocks a person’s potential to maximize their performance. It is helping them to learn skills, tools, and resources they can apply to their lives or situations.
Coaching views each individual as having a potential to learn and develop to change their perspectives and situation rather than being told what to do.
Coaching is a highly developmental process that heightens a person’s awareness of how they think so that they become more self-aware, self-correcting, and self-directing.
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- Joyce Odidison is a Conflict Analyst, Speaker, Author, and the world’s leading expert on Interpersonal Wellness Competency Mindset teaching. Joyce is President & CEO of Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc. as well as founder and host of the Annual Global Workplace Wellness Summit. Joyce has authored five books and is also a Certified Coach Training Director and Founder of Coach Velocity School of Coaching. Joyce is a C-Suite level workplace wellness expert and trainer, working for over 24 years with governments, the private sector, non-profits, and post-secondary institutions struggling with difficult work relationships or stressful situations. She is host of the What’s Happening at Work podcast. Joyce can be reached at e-mail: www.joyceodidison.com or phone 1 877 999-9591 www.interpersonalwellness.com