Is your workplace homophobic? Do you have a work environment that is less than optimal for gays? There is no point in waiting for something to turn it around — we ourselves should be the change agents. We should do something about it. The effectiveness though of such environment altering, culture change depends a lot on the change agent’s credibility. Here are some tips from Kirk Snyder, author of leadership book G-Quotient, on how to increase your credibility in the workplace.
Three career behaviors that will increase your credibility:
1. Commit to your job and your role within the organization. Don’t spend time bad-mouthing the company or your position. If you hate where you are, move on.
2. Go above and beyond the call of duty to do consistently superior work. Once you establish yourself as a talented and skilled professional, being a catalyst for change is a piece of cake.
3. Support other employees — gay and straight — by being a supportive and communicative teammate. At some point you’re going to need help, so pitch in when you can. This creates good “buzz” in your direction.
If you practice these three behaviors within your organization, you’ll have a better chance to get the opportunity to be heard — and to make the organization even better for others.
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