The wave of the future is not the conquest of the world by a single dogmatic creed but the liberation of the diverse energies of free nations and free men.
- John F Kennedy
People are treated by the way they are perceived by their colleagues and this can spell trouble for any organization. Institutionalized rejection of difference is an absolute necessity in a profit economy which needs outsiders as surplus people. If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors not his equals. Managers have to maintain a culture of transformation and stay true to their values.
In a social situation, someone may be treated unfairly just because he or she is from a particular country or language group considered to be aggressive or lazy. As an example, for most French people, overtly expressing your emotions, smiling all the time, and just generally being warm and fuzzy and exaggerated makes you seem insincere, may be stupid. Fair treatment in the work force is no longer exclusively a labor issue, nor is it a woman’s issue – it is a fundamental economic issue. It is the duty of the management to fight negative stereotyping of employee and convey leadership’s message in a compelling and inspiring way. Not just in meeting, but also by example.
To beat gender stereotypes; learn, speak up and react. We must learn to set challenging goals for our staff and monitor their progress irrespective of who they are or where they come from. A person’s a person no matter how big or small, whether white or black, male or female.
Good management is showing average people how to do the work of superior people and managers should know that they can’t live a positive life with a negative mind.
It is not our differences that divide us, it is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.
- Andre Lorde