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Inclusive Leadership: The Definitive Guide to Developing and Executing an Impactful Diversity and Inclusion Strategy by Fleur Bothwick, Charlotte Sweeney

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Chapter 9

Bias and unconscious bias training

Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

ALBERT EINSTEIN, THEORETICAL PHYSICIST

It is unusual to talk about D&I without the terms ‘bias’ or ‘unconscious bias’ being mentioned. In this chapter we look at bias in more detail, the impact of bias and an overview of bias and unconscious bias training.

The impact of bias

We all allow unconscious bias to impact our decisions – it’s just a fact of life. Unconsciously, we tend to like people who look like us, act like us and come from similar backgrounds to ours. We all want to think that we are openminded; however, our personal history heavily influences how ...

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