October 30, 2017
At our latest BWIB meeting, we came up with a few tips to navigate, overcome and even disregard this stereotype that is so often leveled at Black women leaders: the Angry Black Woman.
Take a look and let us know what you think of these. Also, add some of your own!
Build your reputation and brand so that if someone decides to label you negatively, people will know better because your good reputation will precede you.
Pick your battles. Sometimes you are angry and you must speak out. Choose the ones with the most impact and/or the ones that are against your values.
Educate the others. Someone from a different gender and/or race may just need to understand your perspective. If they're willing to learn, be willing to teach. And, then. . .
Pose your feedback or advice in the form of a question. For example: "Can I be candid with you?"; "Let me tell you my reaction to what you just said. Can I give you feedback on a different approach?"
Be authentic. You might have to tailor your message for your audience, but don't change who you are or abandon what you stand for to appease others.
Nurture your circle outside of work so that it is stronger than what goes on at work. Which leads to number 7. . .
Lean on your circle of friends outside of work so that they can be sounding boards, shoulders to cry on, venting space and cheerleaders.
What other ideas do you have?
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