To even make this smaller, let’s look at our workplace. We have people from all over the world, different cultural backgrounds, different ways of working and interactions as part of a team.
Still, a lot of times, we hire or set up teams with people we are comfortable with, and when push comes to shove, often we make the decision by choosing a person over a solution. Imagine your good friend at work pitching an average idea vs a colleague with whom you haven’t worked that much pitching a good idea.
As Scrum Masters, this is very important. We need to identify and make sure such differences do to not matter when teams work together. We have to make a conscious effort to be aware not to fall into such pitfalls ourselves.
Scrum Masters are also responsible for facilitate and encouraging openness, mutual respect within the team. Because different people bring different ideas of approaching a problem and it’s solution. A team works best when all these differences are accepted. Thus, it falls on us to make sure, we are open to these differences.