In today's polarized world, it has become increasingly crucial to offer support and understanding for various communities. Being an ally to different marginalized groups – including individuals with disabilities, racially and culturally diverse individuals, veterans, and members of the LGBTQ+ community – is the right thing to do, but there are also tangible benefits. Active allyship enables business leaders to cultivate inclusion and belonging within their workplaces, promote better collaboration, and foster happier employees.
But being an ally involves more than good intentions—it requires active involvement and a genuine desire to help historically marginalized groups. Stepping into the role of an ally can also be easier said than done. People often don’t know how to get started or ensure they are having an impact. Below, we’ve outlined five key actions you can take to start making a difference in your workplace and the community.