This is the final part 4 of a mini-series: I am currently part of a collaborative project with a group of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) practitioners. As part of that I have been gathering my thoughts on what I see as the necessary traits of an effective practitioner. Enjoy and I hope you find it useful.
Being courageous is vital to being an effective D,E &I practitioner. As change agents, we are constantly pushing boundaries, challenging the status quo and the existing paradigms. It requires us to speak up, to challenge biases and to dismantle the systems. Sometimes, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the enormity of the task.
Many a time it is easy to feel intimidated in the C- Suite or the Boardroom. Courage in this instance is not the absence of fear but rather the ability to take action in spite of the fear.