Awareness about the diversity of people and the cultural breadth that prevails in teams or organizations is very important. It can be built with an open-minded attitude and a willingness to accept that the journey towards greater enlightenment is valuable and worthwhile. Individuals need to reflect on bringing about a climate that is welcoming and trusting of diversity of belief, opinion and action.
Awareness can be heightened by:
- actively talking about diversity
- focusing people’s minds on the strengths and the benefits diversity can bring
Changing people’s attitudes needs a lot of careful planning and commitment. But we need to remember that we cannot change a person’s attitude. We can only “reshape” behavior which may lead them to change.
Diversity and Cultural Awareness
April 30, 2012 by Dr. Jon Warner