Walking in Each Other’s Shoes

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Selflessness is unfortunately all too rare a characteristic to come across, especially in today’s world where many have a ‘survival of the fittest’ attitude. In every individual, we look for the unique traits that make them special – what has recently become apparent is a large part of the British public have that special selflessness in abundance.

It felt right to bring our attention to some positivity this week, in a time where there isn’t a lot to feel that good about, it’s important for us to stay optimistic and look for the good in everything, and everyone. I stumbled across an interesting milestone, that gave me a huge smile and I couldn’t help but share it with my team – in 2023, the British public donated a record £13.9bn to charity, 9% more than 2022. Charities Air Foundation reported three-quarters of adults supported charities last year, in any way they could – donating money, goods or even volunteering. The actions taken by the public demonstrate true humility and genuine compassion to help others.

The report only got better, as it stated the poorest parts of the country gave the most as a proportion of household income, and the rise in the total sum was driven by around a million ‘super-givers’, who give far more than the average. That fact is remarkable, and it should empower others to give more. Learning that it is those with less that give the most reinstates the value of inclusion, and shows that no matter who you are, empathy will always be appreciated. It’s no secret that the basics of living are becoming a bigger struggle each day, and the majority of the UK population are finding it tough to get by, yet they find the time to help and support others in a similar, or worse situation – that is inclusion.

Being heavily involved in the inclusion and leadership industry, we state that nobody truly understands the value of inclusion until they have experienced the trauma of exclusion.

The selfless act of donating, or volunteering, comes from the authentic and genuine humility of those that have experienced such a tough low point. To them, they are simpatico. There’s no greater way to understand someone’s circumstance than to have lived it yourself. Their sacrifices do not feel like a chore, it feels natural, and to them it is the right thing to do. We are reminded to treat others exactly how we wish to be treated.

I want to keep this week positive so forgive me for the next few lines. Despite being proud of what has been achieved with such an incredible record setting number – it still led me to question why those with the most are not doing more good deeds with what they have? It should not be down to the struggling communities to drive the positive change, but their humility and sacrifice is one that possibly cannot be taught – as previously mentioned, they know what it is like to need more, to need support and to be in a tough position – many, if not all of those at the top, struggle to understand the importance and impact just a few donated tins of food can be for someone, especially if they are not surrounded by people different to them.

The individuals from these more disadvantaged areas of the UK have experienced exclusion in an incredibly unfortunate way, which has enabled them to be more inclusive. These areas are often mixed with people of all ethnic backgrounds, experiences, and struggles – which has made them compassionate and empathetic to others. Without a doubt, now is the time for those with the most to step in and do better – support those with less, and especially those with less who still give more.

The applause and recognition are absolutely deserved, it’s a sign that inclusion is moving forward and we, as a nation, can do great things when we work together. I’m sure we have all heard people say it is not the upper classes that really keep things together, but maybe those far less fortunate due to their work ethic and selfless nature – this report is beautiful evidence that those words spoken are seemingly true. Those that are excluded in Britain are showing just how important it is to be inclusive and are excellently displaying what it takes to make a positive difference.

Within this fantastic and wonderful report, there are lessons for us to learn, take forward, and teach others. It’s vital that we learn to walk in each other’s shoes. It is important for us to take forward this experience and join the support. It is key for us to teach others how to include and never let ignorance get in the way of doing the right things.

Everyone has battles to overcome – today the best leaders help them.


Thought for the week:

Inclusion is about culture, not strategy.

Tips for becoming an A player:

  • Treat others the way you want to be treated
  • Keep those around you safe
  • Be a role model for others
  • Try to be better than you were yesterday
  • Never let your ego get in the way of including others




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