Creating a work environment where employees report a sense of genuine belonging is more than just a feel-good initiative. The human connections amongst employees, as well as a connection to the company mission, are crucial for businesses to thrive in today’s economy. A diverse workforce does little, however, without an inclusive leader who can leverage the diversity of people, thoughts, and experiences. Organizations with inclusive leaders are more likely to attract and retain top talent, create innovative solutions, and appeal to changing markets.
The good news is that if you’re committed to inclusion, equity, and diversity work, you’re on the path to becoming a more inclusive leader. Inclusive leaders offer all stakeholders a sense of purpose, by connecting their organization’s values to those they lead, and leveraging the collective wisdom of the group. In that sense, they lead from the center, or to put it a different way, they lead from the heart. Inclusive leaders know that good things happen when you make people feel significant.