Inspiration and resources for taking action to achieve racial equality
Slalom Presents is a virtual event series that brings the world’s leading voices into exclusive conversations on the topics that matter most to business and community leaders today. Our first event focused on realizing racial equality and featured civil rights activist Ruby Bridges, 66th Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and musical guest Leon Bridges.
Recognizing the need to follow conversation with action, individually and collectively, we gathered the following resources for leaders, tied to three key questions. We hope these resources will support your own journey of reflection and action.
Lead with empathy.
When leaders demonstrate empathy and vulnerability, it has a ripple effect. Help your team truly understand that empathy is a core leadership skill. Be honest about where you want to learn and grow, as a person and a leader.
Your leadership will make it more possible for others to navigate difficult conversations, be vulnerable, challenge their own beliefs, and seek to understand others now and in the future.
Ask for accountability.
Share your goals and commitments for how you will become a more inclusive leader with people who you trust, then ask them to help you stay accountable.
Be specific about where you will focus your efforts — for example, “I want to make sure that I’m often seeking counsel from a diverse range of voices and perspectives.” Ask for feedback regularly on those goals, both formally and informally.
We created this guide with insights from Slalom’s inclusion and diversity leadership, learning and development team, and employee resource groups. Resources were chosen to represent a range of perspectives and voices, and opinions expressed within the resources are the authors’ own.
Discover additional resources in the full guide.