Diversity of opinion and the ability to share ideas across cultures, creeds, generations and genders is transforming. Each of us bring to a solution a unique perspective that no one else can totally replicate. It is tempered by our experiences, upbringing, and the place each of us call home. Each person was put on this earth to fill a unique purpose. It is the mission of a true leader to meld the singular talents of each person to gain the best result. What unites us is surely greater than what divides us and what unites us is the spark of humanity that is in each person! It is also imperative for personal growth to learn from one another; to celebrate the differences.
Diversity is part of the secret sauce of my company Accenture. We take the best of each member of our team and meld it to solve some of the world’s most difficult problems. Here is a link to the thoughts on diversity of my company.
In the next few days I will provide vignettes from another leader in diversity – my school West Point. This is where I learned first what people with different viewpoints and cultures could do together. The first vignette will be about the person that you see in the featured image (that is for the next post however!)
In closing, Gene Rodenberry perhaps said it best.
“If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life’s exciting variety, not something to fear.”
― Gene Roddenberry
Who can think of Star Trek, without thinking of the empathy of Bones McCoy, the bravery of Kirk, the logic of Spock, the communication skill of Uhura, the ingenuity of Scotty, the determination of Sulu, or the spirit of Chekov? Let us celebrate diversity and boldly bring us to a better world!