Why invest in Inclusive Leadership?
Young or old, dark or light skintone, introvert or extravert, we are all different. Inclusive leaders create a workplace where everyone can be fully unique and at the same time included in the group. That is how inclusive leaders realise the added value of diversity in teams and organisations.
Realising the added value of diversity does not just happen. It takes work building an inclusive environment. Research shows that diversity without inclusion leads to miscommunication and resentment. In those circumstances diversity becomes a hindrance, not a bonus.
Building an inclusive culture as leader requires specific skills and knowledge. Skills every leader should acquire. Because diverse teams and organisations outperform their peers: (*1)
- Companies with inclusive leadership outperform their peers with 35% in terms of financial results.
- Diverse teams are smarter, (*2) make better decisions, are more innovative and creative. This is because - in a diverse setting - the brain is challenged to abandon ingrained routines.
(1) McKinsey, 2018, Delivering through Diversity
(2) Harvard Business Review, 2016, Why Diverse Teams are Smarter