TRANSFORMING BUSINESS FOR PROFITABLE GROWTH THROUGH INCLUSIVE LEADERSHIP
The need for leaders to create welcoming, healthy workplace cultures is growing exponentially. By the year 2050, researchers project there will no longer be a clear racial or ethnic majority in America, and immigrants and their children will account for 83 percent of U.S workforce growth. This heterogeneity is occurring as organizations become less hierarchical and more dependent on complex, knowledge-based tasks that require teamwork and collaboration. These multiple shifts point to a common leadership implication: to maximize performance, leaders will need to master the art of enabling people with different perspectives to work well together.
The diversity and inclusion (D&I) imperative is fast becoming the new frontier in risk management. Evidence suggests there are also rewards to be gained from getting D&I right. In order to succeed, companies need to ensure they have leaders who can create impact in a diverse workforce.
Leaders who create diverse and inclusive cultures have a distinctive leadership profile. They possess certain innate instincts as well as learned competencies. Research shows they also tend to see better outcomes from the individuals and teams they manage, including greater employee loyalty, better decision-making, and higher levels of innovation.
What is Inclusive Leadership?
What distinguishes inclusive leaders from others? Inclusive leadership — leadership that assures that all team members feel they are treated respectfully and fairly, are valued and sense that they belong, and are confident and inspired. Inclusiveness isn’t just nice to have on teams. Research shows that it directly enhances performance. Teams with inclusive leaders are:
17% more likely to report that they are high performing
20% more likely to say they make high-quality decisions, and
29% more likely to report behaving collaboratively.
Furthermore, a 10% improvement in perceptions of inclusion increases work attendance by almost 1 day a year per employee, reducing the cost of absenteeism.
What We Do
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Author: Susan H, May, Ph.D
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