In my experience, homogeneity of thought and work style drives most workplaces. It also undermines them. Interviewing a candidate, it’s so easy to fall into the comfort zone of hiring people like yourself. I’ve done it for sure.
But over the past several years in senior management, I’ve learned that a team is only as good as the breath of its diversity. 10 of me will not get the job done. (And I wouldn’t want to work with 10 of me!) Life experiences, skills, expertise, manners of communicating, educational backgrounds, all play into what makes success. Much of this is the benefit of learning from those who are different than you – both in a business and personal sense.
This article does a good job of laying this out. One thing I would add to it, however: the role of “culture” in hiring. If you’re looking for a cultural fit when you hire, really examine what that means. If it’s another way of saying hire people like yourself, be real and stop. I’d argue that we put too much weight on “culture” in hiring, in fact, but that’s for another time. – Dave
To deal with our fear of others who are different, we create and live in bubbles. Professionally, we must be aware that this will sabotage our leadership as we isolate ourselves from diversity of thought.