Rework your internal and external communications. Establish open and honest communication across the organization by explaining how DEIA will help the organization, each department in unique ways, and each individual in the respective role.
Take an analytical approach. This work is about identifying, removing, and preventing barriers to success. Collecting data helps you identify and develop best practices through research and application that you can then measure impact and demonstrate success.
Prepare to manage change. Change naturally occurs when new policies, practices, and procedures are implemented. To curtail negative impact, you need to be able to collaborate with others. Assess organizational readiness and frame new directions in understandable and inspiring terms focused on bringing together different ideas and experiences.
Implementing these competencies will help reduce the number of obstacles in your way on the DEIA path for your organization, but there are lots of other factors to consider when working on dismantling a likely longstanding system. Check out a few of our other articles that discuss DEI work.