Five Steps to Inclusive Leadership

9/30/2014

Many managers know the value of diverse and inclusive teams, but don’t know how to go about building them.

There are five simple steps that managers can follow to build inclusive leadership:

Step 1-Introduction to Diversity

Start by building a business case for diversity outright. Then draft a Diversity Mission Statement and map out an assessment of your organizational demographics.

Step 2-Driving Change

In order to drive change, embark on a change-management project to recognize and reward inclusive leadership. You may choose to develop diversity scorecards to track gains, or establish diversity councils to give advice to senior management on issues related to diversity.

Step 3-Inclusion

To set the stage for an inclusive environment, you must work to remove practices that dissuade the benefits of differences from being leveraged. Programs such as TMC’s Inclusive Leadership help companies seize opportunities in a shifting marketplace, improve the productivity and effectiveness of teams, and leverage a diverse workforce for competitive advantage.

Step 4-Cultural Competence

As organizations look to attract and manage global talent and develop global leaders, cultural competence becomes the fundamental skill set required to build an inclusive and globally integrated organization that drives innovation and growth.

Enhancing self-awareness and creating other-awareness will help you and your team leverage an understanding of cultural knowledge in order to bridge differences in a respectful, non-threatening way and form operational agreements that reflect mutual compromise.

Step 5-Leveraging Diversity & Inclusion

Building an inclusive organization will help you realize strong business results. You and your company can gain a real competitive advantage when you harness the insights and practices of a workforce that reflects the demographics of the marketplace.

Cheryl Williams