When you embrace diversity it means that you’re so self-aware and comfortable with yourself that you welcome others into your life or workplace. People do this all the time but there are also countless examples of individuals who, for some reason, are unable or unwilling to accept people who are different from them. Why are some people so afraid of diversity? Here are seven reasons:
- They think the other person will take something of theirs away.
- The think the other person will force them to change. They’re afraid of or uncomfortable with change, as in, “We’ve always done things a certain way around here,” or “Who does this person think he is coming in here and _____.”
- They grew up in a family that taught them that diversity is bad.
- They see other people as some kind of threat to their way of doing things, beliefs, and/or values.
- They’re unable to see things from someone else’s point of view.
- They have difficulty trusting other people.
- They associate with people who don’t understand or value diversity.
The good news is that nobody needs to be afraid of diversity. If you really think about it, diversity simply means that we are all slightly different and we all have the opportunity to become stronger, wiser, and more well-rounded by learning from each other. There has never been an instance in the history of the world when random mistrust and hatred of some person or group led in a positive direction. Welcoming diversity allows us to create workplaces where people grow together.