Building Workplace Diversity Starts With You

Building Workplace Diversity Starts With You

Six years and several jobs in politics and corporate finance later, I've learned how to put the theory into practice as well as how to show leadership on diversity — wherever you are in your career.

1. Learn what diversity actually means

A common mistake people make is to think diversity only pertains to race and gender. It's completely understandable: Whether we're male or female, black or white, gender and race are social characteristics we notice about each other almost immediately. Just remember, diversity also includes characteristics you may not be able to see, like disability, sexuality, and religious beliefs.

Showing leadership on diversity is about understanding, championing, and celebrating the strength that comes from having people from lots of different backgrounds in the workplace.