Because we are human, we have biases rooted in cultural, social and familial beliefs. Some biases are conscious, meaning we are aware of them.
Unaware of their existence, we make decisions based on entrenched beliefs about gender, race and other external characteristics. By raising unconscious bias into consciousness, we can take effective measures to override their impact and become more inclusive leaders.
Example of Unconscious Bias: In one experiment, duplicate resumes’ are circulated with only one change, the name at the top. When the resume’ is circulated with a woman’s name the candidate is evaluated as less qualified for a leadership position. She is even rated as unlikable. When circulated with a man’s name, the candidate is viewed as both qualified and likable. Evaluators all said in advance they did not hold any preconceived notions that men are better qualified for leadership. And yet, their evaluations changed based on the name. This is an example of an unconscious bias.
Action Inclusion offers strategies, training, skills building and consultations designed to help leaders uncover and mitigate their unconscious biases in a safe, open manner that encourages dialog and fosters learning.
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