As women leaders, we have a responsibility to play a meaningful role in creating a more just world.
Each month, we’ll explore how we can integrate more conscious practices into our businesses and lives.
Be aware of this:
We (usually unconsciously) tend to gravitate towards people who share our interests, beliefs and background. This is called affinity bias, and it can hold us back from being better business leaders and human beings.
Check out this episode of Kavita Melwani’s podcast, Affinity Bias and Women of Color in Leadership (25 min), where she discusses what affinity bias is, how it could be impacting you, and how to move beyond it.
Think about the humans you currently work with – your employees, clients, collaborators and partners. How many of them share your social identity? Examples of social identify include gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religious or spiritual affiliation, ability, citizenship, and age.
Consider how your affinity bias could be showing up. Think of at least one or two specific things you can do to consciously expand your circle to include others who are different from you. Consider the communities you are a part of, who you connect with on social media, and where and how you typically meet new people.