Losing momentum on diversity is not an option. Representing and reflecting our increasingly diverse population throughout all levels of our organizations must be a strategic priority.
Building a strong foundation for diversity, inclusion and belonging means more than having a threshold or requirements for hiring diverse talent. It means creating a strategy for systemic change, developing pathways for access and exposure, and establishing processes, tools and metrics that encourage authentic, transformational leadership.
Many organizations have the desire and drive to integrate diversity, inclusion and belonging but are unsure of where to begin or where to go next. Transparent, open conversations are the ideal way to assess where you are and where you need to be. Ask the tough questions. Have vulnerable conversations. Explore the hard truths and know that being outside of your comfort zone is the only way to effect change.
Reviewing your current diversity, inclusion and belonging practices provides the basis for creating a plan that is tied into your talent and business strategies. You can then measure the effectiveness of your efforts and hold leaders accountable for progress. This framework ensures leaders are setting the right example and creating solid expectations, which allows your organization to achieve positive strides and embrace the needs of your workforce and your community.
Diversity isn’t something that needs to be solved. It’s a mindset that needs to be deeply intertwined and embedded in your organizational culture. True transformation in diversity, inclusion and belonging means a refocus on human basics. Challenge everyone in your organization to have tough conversations and lead with courage.
Look to the Top 25 honorees for inspiration. These leaders didn’t have clear pathways and fought to achieve despite the odds. They feel the weight of their decisions and are motivated to deliver extraordinary care for the communities in which they lead. They unselfishly create space for the diverse voices that must be heard.
Driven by their passion and our mission to empower leaders and their impact on the world, we have sponsored the Top 25 Minority and Women Leaders in Healthcare recognition programs for 12 years and counting.
Recognizing diverse leaders serves a crucial role in underscoring the need for more purposeful and intentional diversity, inclusion and belonging efforts that create forward momentum and strengthen the heart of healthcare—people caring for people.