There are strong arguments that diversity promotes effectiveness. But I think that has implications that people haven’t really thought through. What about situations where some people believe diversity produces ineffectiveness? That’s not a hypothetical — this has long been the argument against diversity in the military. But there’s a counter-argument rooted in social justice. Do I want to live in a world where people’s outcomes are highly predicted by their gender and by the color of their skin? Leaders really need to think through what they’re going to do about this, what policies they’ll put in place. This is an easy one for small companies to ignore, but it’s important to start thinking about it early on as part of their growth strategy.
Author: Ken Shotts
Source: Stanford University
Subjects: Entrepreneurship, Human Resources, Organizational Behavior