I recently commented on my good friend Mike Hyter’s blog on an article Mike referred to criticizing diversity training programs. What I find interesting is the lack of commitment and embracing of others not only as a society, but as individuals. We all have a bias in looking at the world through our own lens and therefore we relate best to those who see things through the same lens.
In our company, Luminosity Global Consulting Group, we focus on the Global Executive and guiding leaders through to an impossible future. In her most recent blog post Wanted: Extreme Global Leaders, Sheri asks a simple question, “Are you going to be an Extreme Global Leader?” If so, you cannot view the world in color, sex, race, age, etc. If you do, you’ll never achieve your impossible future.
In my life, the impossible future is driven by the Luke 10:25-28, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” I apply this by treating everyone the same. From the CEO to the inter-racial gate guard – they get the same respect from me. I am purposeful in my hiring practices. I look past the surface and dig for the underlying best skills and fit from the pool of applicants. I also teach hiring practices for my employer and train leaders on how to understand themselves and the internal bias they may have.
Diversity is not a program, nor class, nor number, nor putting someone on stage because they look a certain way. Diversity is including the best person for the job – period. Nothing More, Nothing Less. If you live your life with this slant, you’ll reflect for God’s model for diversity.