Black History Month can shift a leader’s perspective
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Black History Month can shift a leader’s perspective

Intentional Soft Skill development in the celebration of Black History Month

The month of February is Black History Month in the USA. This focused celebration of the achievements and history of African Americans is Also recognized in Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Germany.

In the US, the idea that was birthed by historian and Harvard graduate Carter G. Woodson in 1915 was to strive for a balanced history, encourage better relations between Black and White people in the United States as well as inspire young Black Americans to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of their ancestors. 

History is made by people! By you and me. Celebrating history opens the door from macro to micro possibilities for growth and development. This podcast looks at the micro potential for soft skill development though a deeper understanding of history.

Three questions a leader can ask when seeking to develop soft skills as they celebrate Black History Month:

1.     Who am I leaving out?

2.     What am I hoping for?

3.     How am I influencing the next generation of leaders?

Six soft skills to seek to develop during this month:

Interpersonal relationships, a willingness to learn, Humility, Inclusiveness, creativity, and Thinking outside of the box - beyond expectations

I am Niña Ellison and you can find me at


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