10 Actions Every Leader Can Take To Be A Diversity Champion

Diversity in the workplace is not an easy sell. The more you commit to it, the more you will stumble and the more people demand from you.
Here´s ten really practical things you can start with.

I look at this painting called “Safe” by Finnish artist Maiju Salmenkivi every morning. She painted it inspired by the storm hitting Helsinki´s Flow Festival and how people huddled into the tents for safety. It reminds me that the job of a leader is to keep people safe.
  1. Mentor.
    Mentoring means that you commit to a year-long process with someone quite different, often more junior, who asks for your help and guidance. The idea is that you meet with them on a regular basis and discuss issues relevant to them. The person you mentor is responsible for scheduling, themes and preparation. Your job is to be attentive when you meet. It will send a strong message in your organization that you give your time to help others.
    I currently mentor two people — a woman in her 30s working as a creative freelancer and a young man in his 20s in sales. Based on my own experience, mentoring opens new perspectives. You can help someone else realize what they are good at. Simultaneously, you develop your skills for empathy and learn to understand people very different than you.
    Tip: Universities and other schools provide multiple opportunities for alumni. Bigger employers can also start their own mentoring programmes, which are great for employer branding.

Broad range of experiences should be a right, not an opportunity. Journalist turned activist turned civil servant. Lives in and works for Helsinki.