- Balance self-promotion & humility
- Maintain confidence, esp. facing identity backlash & subordinate challenges
It is not uncommon for leaders from racial/ethnic or LGBT diverse backgrounds to encounter unwarranted push-back—based mainly on their social identity—from their peers, supervisors or even subordinates. In spite of this unfair treatment, successful diverse leaders learn how to maintain their confidence and composure, while also drawing necessary boundaries. Lily Henson offers an example of how she has learned to manage such situations.
- Develop multi-cultural competence
Comparable to any healthcare leader, those who come from underrepresented groups must also invest time in sharpening their own multi-cultural competence. These skills become essential as you advance in your career and must manage increasingly diverse relationships with employees, peers, supervisors, and others in your professional network. Chisun Chun offers a few practical ways she’s used to hone her multi-cultural competence.
- Practice strategic risk-taking
For many professionals who are among the numerical minority in their workplace, taking risks may seem difficult. Learning how to successfully take strategic risks—such as volunteering for a tough assignment—can help to propel your career forward. Avoiding risks altogether may be the most detrimental career risk, according to CEO Nicholas Tejeda, who encourages stepping forward to take action. Also, check out the plan Keith Terry used to help him take strategic risks in his career.