Allyship is a concept that has been around for a while, but it’s only recently become more popular. In this article, I will provide you with an overview of what allyship is and how to use it to boost your career.
1: What Is an Ally? Allyship has become somewhat of a buzzword of late. I read an article where a young lady lamented that could not be an ally to BLM because she was stuck overseas due to a pandemic.
Is protesting the only way of being an ally, then? In my humble opinion, it is not. I might argue that in some cases, your instincts may not help the very people you are trying to support.
So, what is an Ally?
Someone who listens attentively shares their own experiences and encourages the other person to speak their mind. Someone who demonstrates empathy and understanding for the other person’s position. Someone who makes themselves available to support the other person in their endeavors.
2: Why Should You Be An Ally? There are many reasons why someone should become an ally. Allies build networks and relationships, which can help them advocate for change and gain access to important resources. They also provide support to others, encourage dialogue, and create a safe space for marginalized communities. Finally, allies challenge dominant narratives and perspectives, helping to foster a more inclusive society. The benefits of being an ally are clear-cut and numerous, so there is no excuse not to join the movement!
3: How To Start A Network Of Allies Allyship can start with one person. However, there are training programs for groups and organizations available everywhere, including one offered by me 😁. Do reach out if you are interested.
One of the important things to remember with any training is that this is not a “should” - group alignment matters.
In the end, how you get there is not as important as starting and making daily progress.
4: How To Use Allieships For Your Career If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go with others.
Changing a culture is not easy, and neither is creating a “real” network - one that is based on true connection, empathy, and understanding. However, it is this very network that helps in Career Development.
When you have allies, you have wings. When you are an ally to others, you are helping them fly as well. Allyship can create that very network, culture, and empowered support for you.
Conclusion As you can see, there are many ways to use allyship in your career. It is important to be aware of the benefits of allyship