Allyship: Going Beyond the Basics
Show Quote: I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.” – Maya Angelou
In this episode, we discuss the important topic of being an ally. There are many definitions of what it means to be an ally and I’ll share two that speak to me personally. Of particular importance is simply understanding the basics of being an ally and how you can support people of color or those from marginalized communities.
But here is a question for you. Are you ready to go beyond the basics of allyship? Being an ally is an action-oriented state of being. It is far beyond believing and more about doing. It is not about being on the right side, it is about doing the right thing to create an inclusive culture where people of color and team members from other marginalized communities can feel a sense of belonging. Let’s break down some aspects of effective allyship. In the episode we explore:
- The importance of listening differently
- Why representation matters
- How to create space for the “only”
- The process of building trust
- Why you must stop leting it go
- How to recognize gaslighting and how to shut it down
Rhonda Y. Williams is a former Chief Nursing Officer and hospital CEO. With 20+ years of leadership experience, Rhonda has personally experienced the joys and the stress. Today, Rhonda is an emotional intelligence strategist, and she is known as The Stress-Free Leader. Rhonda coaches’ leaders who are ready to STOP THE MADNESS and reconnect with the joyful, purposeful part of leading. She also works directly with teams who are ready to explore the organizational and bottom-line benefits of creating an inclusive and stress-free culture. Additionally, she is the host of The Coffee with Rhonda Show.
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