D&I Superheroes: 8 factors that make your job the most challenging

I’ve worked in the Multicultural and Diversity and Inclusion space for over 20 years. On two occasions I’ve served as the Diversity leader for organizations that were still in the very early stages of establishing the function or did not previously have a dedicated resource. As a result of those experiences I arrived at an astounding conclusion: diversity leaders have the hardest jobs in any organization. Now, you may want to argue that should only be said of the CEO given the vast amount of critical responsibilities that they direct on a daily basis.

However, let me outline the reasons that I support my fellow D&I practitioners:

1 Diversity and Inclusion is a topic that is often misunderstood

Ask 10 people in your organization what marketing means and how it benefits the business and you’ll likely get similar answers. Ask 10 people in your organization what diversity and inclusion means and how it benefits the business and you might get 30 different answers. Work has to be been done to ensure that there is a consistent narrative across the organization and at all levels. Until then, you will often find yourself in discussions where the other person is in a very different place in their understanding and definition.

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