Understanding Microaggresssions for the Army Leader


This Listen2Lead features a NPR podcast on microaggressions. This document contains the materials and guidance needed to conduct a 60-minute Leader Professional Development (LPD) session – with a focus on preparing Army leaders to understand and deal with bias in their units.


  • A link to the NPR podcast episode “Microaggressions are a Big Deal” 
  • The following articles:
    • What are Microaggressions?

    • When and How to Respond to Microaggressions

    • You’ve Been Called Out for a Microaggression what do you do?

  • This guide, which provides suggested discussion questions and timeline.


This case can be used to assist in generating discussion on the following topics

  • Discuss what microaggressions are.
  • Understand how microaggressions impact teams and organizations.
  • Explain why leaders should possess knowledge of microaggressions.
  • Recommend ways leaders can effectively deal with microaggressions in their formations.
  • The case should also be used to create action items to improve your organization tangibly.

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