As we mentioned last week, our definition of leadership is influencing others and being influenced by others regardless of your role or title. It’s a way of being in the world that can change lives and elevate justice.
We will continue to come back to this definition in order to encourage people to open up and listen to one another’s experiences deeply enough that they are, in fact, changed by the interaction.
your world and be influenced by your world,
regardless of your role or title.
In order to challenge the systemic bias in our country, we’ll all need to step into our leadership. As a leader, standing on the sidelines hoping others will fix things is not an option, but neither is bulldozing over others believing that your way is the only way.
Therefore, you have to learn how to engage in dialogues that allow for people to share their fears, hopes, and experiences. Genuine leaders can empathize with others and are moved by their experiences whether or not they have witnessed them personally.
When you choose to live as a leader, you’re choosing to initiate dialogue with others with the intention of creating the greatest success.
Last week, we described the importance of influencing others. This week, we want to talk about being influenced by others and suggest some things you can do today to open yourself to the experiences of the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in your community and the world.
This week, consider how you can be influenced by the stories and experiences of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in your community and your world. When you can, step into conversations about how you can be an ally in this change.
If you find you’re still working on the steps above and don’t feel confident in a conversation, then consider watching some or all of the following:
Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man Episode 2:
A wonderful conversation with Emmanuel Acho and Matthew McConaughy
A profoundly important documentary on the experience of being Black in the United States after the “end” of slavery
We’re here for you.