I want to share a way that I elevate others and give visibility to those who may not be visible. It's proven to be a way for me to build trust with others that I work with and to make sure others are seen and heard.
- I try to use "we" when talking about team accomplishments. Even if I did the bulk of the work or the most visible work, I try to put the group in the spotlight.
- I try to use the person's name when talking about a teammate's work. Rather than use "we," I directly give that person credit for their work and ideas.
- I try to use "I" when taking responsibility. If something fell through the cracks that was my fault, or if something didn't go as we planned, I put it on my back.
It usually works well, and it sometimes feels contagious. Others will often amplify each other’s work or ideas the same way. I feel it lets people share without the fear of someone else taking the credit. This is healthy for a team.
I must add a disclaimer. I mention these tips from a place of privilege. I can give away visibility or credit and be fine. This may not be true for underrepresented groups or people with low visibility. They may have to use "I" where I try to use "we." It's on me to recognize that and amplify their work and voice even more.