During the past few months, people like Jacinda Ardern showed through their empathetic leadership how we can stand together towards a global challenge.
But just as curves started flattening and the world seemed to catch a breath, George Floyd’s death has put the attention on a virus that’s much older, systemic and deadly than COVID-19 ever was.
And still, it much too often falls out of the public eye. But it all starts with looking at yourself. On the observing side, the receiving side or even on the perhaps unknowingly participating side.
Having a coloured partner I had to look at racism from a fresh perspective many times over the years. Too often have I looked past the pains that life throws at you, being black amongst whites. Thinking I'm not a racist so I don't have to pay attention...But racism isn’t necessarily what you do. It’s just as much what you don’t.
And one thing’s for sure: Leadership isn’t about avoiding issues!
Even though we’re talking about a problem that has existed for far too long, right now companies and their leaders stand in front of a conscious choice:
Use their voice or stay quiet?
There is a space to speak up and make people realize that standing up to a virus is something that can be done and achieved. We did it once… And we’ll do it again!