Who gets to decide what’s possible?
Today – people in positions of power, leaders, teachers, and parents like you determine who gets the opportunity, time investment, and support to help realize their full potential. While some people will “make their own path,” most individuals do not achieve success alone. Someone accepts a student into a college program; a manager gives the promotion or selects a new hire for an open role. So that takes us back to the question of who gets to decide what’s possible. As leaders, we can promote and support our people or hold them back. Yet, who are we to judge and determine any human’s potential.
When we think about neurodiversity and disability inclusion – we understand that moving forward is an exchange between marginalized individuals and those in power to improve outcomes and equalize access, opportunities, and products. How quickly we forget that this principle can (and should) apply in all domains of human existence.
What would happen if you asked your child or employees what they wanted to do and what they aspired toward, and then you supported those goals without judgment or bias on abilities?