Support career development

Supporting people’s career development is a core element of any leadership role. Day-to-day and during key development-related junctures, leaders have opportunities to honor dignity by thinking inclusively about career development and probing management’s practices and decision-making processes.

Employees rely on their managers to support their development and goals, recognize their contributions, and trust them to execute their work. There are some logical areas to reflect on as a manager, especially relating to discussions about promotions, talent planning, and general workforce planning (especially where underrepresented employees are involved). Often, committing to a specific plan of action consistently across the team will advance development constructively and signal investment in each individual as a contributor, thereby promoting a sense of value and worth.

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