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Investigating the Need for Cognizance of Bias in Management


Subtle personal biases can negatively affect the way leaders interact with and manage those they work with, as well as affect the decisions they make in their day-to-day roles and responsibilities in business management.

These can include reacting to explicit and implicit stereotyping of others; exhibiting similarity, attraction, or in-group favoritism tendencies, which, in turn, can lead to attribution errors; practicing confirmation bias when collecting and evaluating information; and allowing group-think to override rational decision making to keep the peace.

In the Dillon and Bourke (2016) inclusive leadership model, these biases are all related to the cognizance of bias signature trait, which encompasses elements of self-regulation and fair play as they pertain to managing organizations.

Other people may observe implicit bias in an individual, while the person exhibiting it has no idea it exists or is affecting his or her behavior. This type of situation is aligned with Dillon and Bourke’s inclusive leadership model trait of commitment.

It directly relates to leaders needing to exhibit humility by admitting mistakes and learning from criticism; however, leaders are encouraged to investigate possible implicit biases they might have to avoid any negative consequences.


Dillon, B., & Bourke, J. (2016). The six signature traits of inclusive leadership: Thriving in a diverse world. Boston, MA: Deloitte University Press.


This assignment has two parts. Format this assessment following APA guidelines.

For the first part, imagine that you are a business manager in a health care organization. You have been asked to write a research article for the monthly newsletter on the topic of personal bias. For the second part, you will need to research online tests and possibly uncover your own personal implicit biases to be one step ahead of the game in your future career.

In your assignment, complete the following:

Part 1

Write a research article for the monthly newsletter on the topic of personal bias:

  • Choose and define one of the types of bias mentioned in the Dillon and Bourke paper, linked in the Resources.
  • Explain how the bias relates to self-regulation and fair play in health care business management within a specific sector of the health care industry.
  • Propose actions that a manager in a health care organization might take to make sure the bias does not prevent managing in an inclusive manner.

Part 2

Research online tests for personal bias and take a test. (Project Implicit has several.)

  • Describe the implicit bias test you took. Include the URL for the test.
  • Discuss the results of the test and the personal insight you gained from the experience.
  • Explain how you might apply your insights directly to your future management role and responsibilities.

Additional Requirements

  • A title page and a references page.
  • 3–5 pages, double-spaced, in addition to the title page and references page.
  • At least one professional or scholarly resource in addition to the course materials.
  • APA format, including appropriate headings and subheadings.
  • Times New Roman font, 12 point.

Last Updated on January 23, 2020

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