Why You Must Seek Unity in the Midst of Diversity

Great results are rarely the product of a one-person show. Great results are achieved in collaboration with others: people bringing their strengths, skills, and expertise together to reach a common goal.

Because you’re surrounded by people who have different backgrounds; personalities; strengths and weaknesses; likes and dislikes; etc.; learning to appreciate diversity is essential.

Wanting everyone to be, think and act like you is unrealistic and unfair. Rejecting anyone simply because they are different is a huge mistake; when diversity is kept together by the glue of unity, great things happen. The operative word here is “unity.” Unity doesn’t strive for sameness, but for oneness.

For instance, when you’re part of a team and have to collaborate with others, seek to be a gatherer and unifying force. Others’ personality may be different than yours, but if you unite to achieve a common goal, the relationship can work and be fruitful and productive.

The strength of the team is in the complementarity of the members, as they can compensate for one another’s weaknesses and blind spots. What the team can accomplish together is far greater than the subtotal of what each member can accomplish on their own—even if each the members are incredibly gifted.

You can do quite a bit on your own. But it won’t match what you can accomplish when you join your efforts with that of others. Collaboration multiplies results. When unity and diversity are working together, results multiply.

That said, maintaining unity—especially in the midst of diversity—can be challenging. Although you get to benefit from the strengths and talents of others, you also have to deal with their idiosyncrasies, strange quirks, and foibles. As you know, this isn’t always easy.

Thus, you must make a conscious effort to keep the team unites. Everyone must have the space to express their uniqueness and give their best without having to detach themselves from the group.

When you seek unity in the midst of diversity, your results skyrocket exponentially.

In short, appreciate difference and cultivate communion; appreciate diversity and cultivate unity.

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.