I have been speaking a lot recently to professional women’s networks. The question of confidence often comes up. Women will talk about lacking the confidence to take on a more senior role, to stand up for something (often themselves), to…
Inclusion gets bandied about a lot these days. There are D&I committees sprouting up everywhere. A lot of them descend quickly into venting sessions about raised and dashed expectations. Respect is a different matter. Respect is how I think about you, how I view your experience, where you’ve come from, your life experience, your contribution, your values. Respect is about your challenges and disappointments, your sorrows and losses, as well as your hopes, dreams, and aspirations.
Respect is listening and not assuming I know what you think or why you think it. Respect is being curious. Respect is being kind, assuming good intent and acknowledging that we see the world differently because we experience it differently. Respect can be earned and lost. Respect is a two-way street. Inclusion is granted by people who have it to people who don’t.
Respect eats inclusion for breakfast.
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