Early in my career, I was once called irreverent after confronting a senior leader about some very conscious bias in the organization. It was a jarring response that left me questioning my place in the organization. Was I not supposed to ask critical questions about culture and behavior? Didn’t they have an interest in knowing when incidents contrary to the values of the company occurred? Didn’t they want to make an investment in diversity, equity and inclusion?
As I’ve developed, both personally and professionally, I’ve grown firmly in my resolve: I absolutely will not apologize for confronting longstanding practices and questioning people when bias shows itself.