Honestly, I'm frustrated with the traditional approach to Black History Month... Possibly, because I've educated myself about the over publicized facts and gone deeper to know more about the Black icons and lesser-known history makers. I pay attention to Black History all year long and am ready to implement the lessons learned.
The way I'm implementing those lessons is in the work I'm doing to help individuals gain control of their career trajectory. Part of that work is processing and strategizing through the racism happening in the workplace on many levels.
As Black women at work, we bear the weight of being all the things to everyone; Resource, Peace-Keeper, Listening-Ear, and Side-Kick to name a few... But when we try to move in spaces of power, the pushback is sometimes overwhelming. In my coaching, I have heard from clients, over and over, that they rather not go into leadership roles because they don’t feel the organization would have their back.
In a recent conversation, a Black Woman told me that in a 1on1 with her Director, she was told she couldn’t lead the team. Even though she outranked, out-degreed, and outperformed the other 2 ppl in her department - Yes! We are only talking about leading 2 other ppl! She was told, to her face that the other employees didn’t respect her. In my opinion, this Director should have backed her leadership and/or allowed her to lead and give out the consequences earned for being insubordinate!
I’ve had these conversations often. It isn’t something you'll see in my marketing or social media because it’s been a fact of life for way too long.
So please excuse me if I don't flood my content with Happy Black History Month! It's time for us to start building Black futures!
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