11 Ways To Develop A More Inclusive Communication Style At Work
If it seems like the fight for female equality in the workplace has stalled out, it’s probably because it has. While women make up more than 50% of the workforce, they only make up 14.6% of executive officers, according to a report from Center for American Progress.
Despite remarkable gains, discrimination at work often occurs unconsciously — and it’s reinforced by both men and women in everyday conversation. How can leaders ensure they’re part of the solution? To find out, we asked members of Forbes Coaches Council to explain how leaders can adjust their communication style in order to be more inclusive.
Remove Your Preconceptions And Be Open
Most of us carry preconceived notions and stereotypical responses in our heads to assign to people we interact with daily. Remove these limiting beliefs and be open to the person in front of you. Win the conversation by listening and genuinely connecting in response to what you’ve heard. Acknowledge the strengths of your counterpart and create a relationship that leads to mutual success. – Jen Kelchner
This article has a mention by Jen Kelchner or is authored by Jen Kelchner and was originally posted on Forbes.com. Jen Kelchner is a founding member of the Forbes Coaches Council and frequently writes on leadership and the workplace.