A message from the founder of Alliance for Leadership Acceleration and creator of the LEAP®, Leadership Acceleration Program, Lynda Silsbee.
This past week or so has been a struggle, with many of us not sure what to say or do. It’s important that we take a stand and educate ourselves. Personally, I’m using this time to listen, learn, engage, and work to do better as a leader. Our informal mission at Performance Dimensions Group is to improve the world of work one leader at a time, and we need stronger leadership and change now more than ever. The COVID19 lockdown has been stressful for everyone and we’ve finally begun to ‘unlock’. Just as we think about returning to work, we are confronted with the reality of terrible brutality and injustices resulting in the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd (and far too many others before this). My tears from mourning have turned to tears of anger, inflaming a desire to do something with my own privilege. This outcry for action comes from a movement for racial equality and justice that has spanned generations, our silence and inaction are no longer acceptable.
But where do we start? What can we do? I started by asking my black colleagues and friends. Consistently, they have told me to become informed racial inequality and educate myself on anti-racism. Even though I thought I was doing enough in the past, becoming more intentional about this process has shown me where I can grow. On this journey of becoming informed, I'm sharing the following resources and information, which have been very helpful and educational.
As a small business, we also want to share our commitment to action moving forward. As a call out to those remaining on the sidelines, any action taken is a step in the right direction. It will not be enough to do on our own and we invite you to join us in being a part of the change to a world where all people are guaranteed equal rights. We will get there faster if we do it together! Here are our commitments to help us build a better workplace for us and our clients:
Our mission is to help our clients create GREAT places to work – together we can be the change we want to see in the world! I am thankful to those around me who continue to engage in the difficult conversations, ask tough questions, and draw attention to the ways we can be better.
Lynda Silsbee is Founder and President of the Alliance for Leadership Acceleration. She has spent more than 30 years creating and leading high performance teams. Along with the other LEAP Certified Coaches, she reports that helping managers make the LEAP to leader is one of the most fulfilling aspects of her work.