For an organization to be truly inclusive, supporting all employees and becoming a more supportive and more effective place to work, leaders must have certain traits and skills.
Diversity is an important element of every organization. It gives you access to a greater range of talent; helps to provide insights into your customer base; and contributes to the overall effectiveness of the business.
Inclusivity means more than building a workforce that is representative of multiple backgrounds, ideas and cultures. It involves the extent to which employees feel valued.
Organizations that are moving the needle on inclusion know that it is important to create a shared understanding of inclusive behaviors and the benefits of having a diverse workforce.
Businesses should reorient their approach to tangibly harness the all-encompassing, dynamic power of what D&I ultimately promotes: equality.
In their simplest terms, diversity is the “what” (gender, race, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, etc.), and inclusion is the “how” (measure of culture that enables diversity to thrive).