Stonewall created a list of top tips for LBGTQ role models.
This concept and practice lends itself neatly to autism and neurodiversity advocacy.
Are we neurodiversity advocates sending the right message to colleagues and job candidates who are considering “coming out” about their autism or other neurological condition. I do hope so.
According to Stonewall, lesbian, gay and bisexual role models help to attract talent. They demonstrate that you take diversity seriously. Authentic role models challenge conventional perceptions, forge stronger client relationships and bring alternative perspectives to decision-making.
Visible role models help show the way for others. It’s much harder to be what you can’t see. If there are no out lesbian, gay or bisexual role models at work, how can other gay people be sure they’ll be able to progress? Same applies for neurodivergent staff and candidates.
Effective role models demonstrate self-awareness and authenticity. They think about who they are, the values they stand for and the way in which they want to impact on others.
Organisations need role models at all levels. People at the top can champion and set direction. Managers can create a welcoming and supportive workplace. Think about it.