The evidence that racism exists in workplaces is incontestable. Discussion of issues such as the race pay gap and the lack of BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) representation at senior levels is increasing – both in the media and in corporate culture itself – and some organisations are beginning to put measures in place to ensure greater fairness and transparency in their processes.
However, while it’s right to act on these problems, we are missing a key component in truly overcoming them. Namely, the psychological element. Tackling the issues at their root is important, and strong and decisive leadership is required in order to do so. But we also need to address the impact that they may already have had.
Specifically, we need leaders to develop their understanding of racial trauma.