Diverse teams are more likely to have hidden trauma.

By Kate Brassington

This has to be said so we can avoid adding MORE trauma as leaders

The more widely diverse your workplace is, the more likely you are to have people in the organisation who are from marginalised groups.

Research has shown that people in marginalised groups or communities are more likely to have been exposed to traumatic events and experiences than those who are not (Muldoon et.al, 2019).

In plain language; if you have a diverse team, it is more likely that trauma is present.

It is mostly unacknowledged, unseen, or silent.

But that doesn’t mean it is not there.

Being trauma-informed as a leader means not only do you understand that trauma is all around you, but that you don’t expect it to look a certain way.

You are alert to reducing risk of re-traumatisation, and you will be an attentive listener who hears and enhances the voices of others rather than speaking “for” them.

The result is likely to be a more cohesive and inclusive working environment that maximises group resilience. For a primer on what it is to be a refreshingly trauma-informed leader, read my earlier Brainz. article here.

The good news is, becoming trauma-informed is simple, and the practices are great for everyone. It is not treating everyone with kid gloves. It is compassion, not empathy.

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Remember, when we talk about #RefreshingLeaders, we’re not just talking about those in traditional leadership positions. We’re talking about leaders in all areas of life – in our communities, in our families, in groups. What defines a refreshing leader is something deeper, something that transcends titles and roles. It’s about embodying qualities that bring about positive change while inspiring others to do the same. And it starts with you.

Kate Brassington… is an executive coach with a difference…

Offering trauma-informed leadership coaching for high performance under pressure.

She coaches 1:1 (“one with one”).

Kate helps people:

  • Understand and improve their own behaviour under pressure.
  • Withstand high pressure environments, to sustainably produce great results.
  • Learn ways to thrive in body and mind, getting the buzz without the burnout.
  • Develop better leader behaviours to support high-performing teams.

She is:

  • Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society (GMBPsS) Division of Coaching Psychology
  • Specialist trauma-informed coach (accredited Professional Certified Coach with International Coaching Federation PCC(ICF);
  • Havening Techniques ® Practitioner;
  • Listed on Top 10 Professional Coaches in Luxembourg 2023 by The For Better Institute
  • Further detail on her accreditations and blog are on her website;
  • Hosts her podcast Refreshing Leadership;
  • On LinkedIn.

Her mission:

  • To ease suffering and get the fun back!


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