About Centering Relationships
At the core of leading people is a commitment to centering relationships by prioritizing people over productivity and cultivating a culture of belonging that supports authenticity. It requires building trust and honoring the experiences of others — especially BIPOC staff— to advance racial equity on an interpersonal level. Centering relationships means caring about the impact our words and behaviors have on people. It includes expanding our awareness of our communication, navigating healthy conflict, and restoring relationships. This commitment prioritizes a more frequent and supportive process of giving and receiving feedback, allowing us to address interactions that reinforce racial hierarchy, exclusion, and bias.
Centering Relationships Learning Resources