Will you give yourself the permission to lean in into the discomfort?
As a Black woman in the workplace, what do you do when you learn that you are not a perfect victim? Do you dig in, go into denial or do you lean in to the discomfort to learn what wisdom it has for you. Two truths can be true at the same time, you can be a victim of racism, sexism and unconscious bias. While at the same time sabotaging your career because of your own unknown unknowns.
The truth is coming from a marginalised group come with its own limitations. You are more likely to be among the first professional in your career and beyond get an education and work hard, you might not have adequate knowledge and skills of how to intentionally and successful navigate a career.
For an example; you might be viewed from a stereotypical lens and also have a cultural mismatch with the leadership of your organisation. In the book titled Corporate Tribalism, the author’s research that the western culture of individualism, self reliance and self advocacy is vastly different from non western identities where the is reliance on the wisdom of authority and your manager is your scorecard.
You don’t want to take responsibility for what you may not be responsible for;i.e. the biased way that people view or treat you. However you have a responsibility to own and manage your career. Including learning what winning looks like in your career and workplace and becoming aware of and working on your weaknesses.
Are you a Black Woman in the Workplace who feels called to the next level of leadership, income and impact?
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