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Diversity at all Levels: Building the Diversity of the Organization is Important with all Levels

Building diversity is everyone’s responsibility.  Anyone who has the job to build a team or organization has an opportunity to craft the diversity by how they chose individuals who will be part of the group.  We often think of just the top leaders or executives as responsible for the diversity of a large organization.  And while they definitely set the tone and can lead by example, the first levels of management in the company are completely instrumental in how diversity is built into further levels of the organization.  The initial entry levels of an organization become the training ground and feeder into the broader organization.  At this entry level all types of diversity can be built in and this will make for a richer team in utilizing a wide array of perspectives and experience, it will also become an excellent source of next level management in the organization.

Managers at all levels can be instrumental in driving transformation with every hiring decision.   It isn’t always a manager or executive in a traditional corporate organization that can make a difference as part of a diverse team.  There are many influential organizations where having diversity in the people of the organization will make a tremendous impact on its outcomes.  Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female member of the U.S. Supreme Court, said, “We don’t accomplish anything in this world alone … and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one’s life and all the weavings of individual threads form one to another that creates something.”  From her appointment by President Ronald Reagan in 1981 to her retirement in 2006, she worked with an increasingly diverse court to act as the deciding vote on some of the highest profile cases the court faced, including Boy Scouts of America v. Dale that prohibited discrimination against troop leaders on the basis of sexual orientation.

An impact can be made across all levels and within all types of organization, we just need to commit to be thoughtful and work to craft the most diverse team possible.  And this will make all the difference as those individuals begin to gain skills and move up in the organization.

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