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How to create a formula for owning the inclusive leadership journey

May 17, 2024
Diversity & Inclusion

Many are still searching for practical solutions to excel as inclusive leaders. Approaching the solution from a formulaic perspective can be empowering. So, what exactly would a pragmatic formula for excelling in inclusive leadership include? This article will explore and provide insights into crafting a personalized formula to support growth as an inclusive leader.

What Is the Inclusive Leadership Formula?
Finding solutions to the workplace community’s ever-changing needs requires tools at our disposal to navigate and improve the workplace culture. Creating an inclusive leadership formula provides a proactive way for inclusive leaders to cultivate inclusion effectively. As such, think through the components of a repetitive formula for impactful results. Remember that this formula will ebb and flow to become more robust with additional awareness, offering a hopeful path for continuous growth. Here an example of a formula: A+T+E+C = IL (attitude + transparency + education + commitment)

Why Is Attitude Important For Inclusive Leaders?
Being open about inclusive leadership can be insightful in many ways. In other words, seek to allow space for the discovery of an ever-changing path. Openness is also an opportunity to demonstrate appreciation for ambiguity when navigating spaces where one can’t simply know all the answers about fostering inclusivity in the workplace. This writer only professes to have some of the answers regarding inclusive leadership but remains open for answers to unfold on an exploratory journey of helping oneself and others be better at inclusivity. A great place to start is by taking or revisiting the research-infused Myer’s Briggs test, which unpacks insights around preferences and more. Doing so will provide an opportunity to up the ante with insights on impactful ways to be more inclusive. For example, imagine getting data and ideas to action suspension of judgment to improve leadership capabilities when managing teams.

Why Do Inclusive Leaders Need To Embrace Transparency?
Many inclusion hiccups occur because of a need for more visibility into decision-making, psychological safety to build genuine connections and foster trust for win/win relationships, and more. Therefore, leaders who aspire to excel at inclusive leadership must explore the effectiveness of handling transparency in the workplace. Consider the many decisions around in-person or remote teaming at the height of the pandemic. These decisions had an impact on the effectiveness of inclusion. If a leader didn’t consider how decisions impacted workers at a deep level, then turbulence occurred and potentially unknowingly purported exclusion in the workplace. In my previous Forbes article, Inclusive Teams: What They Are And Why They Matter, I talked about how leaders can gain insights from active listening to foster team inclusion. Managers who listen to team member feedback will gain transparency and impactful insights to generate a roadmap for leading an inclusive team. The leader’s role in fostering transparency is crucial for creating an inclusive workplace.

Why Is Ongoing Education Critical For Inclusive Leaders?
Lifelong learning is essential to navigating and thriving in an inclusive workplace. As such, inclusive leaders who want to succeed must commit to regular awareness-building activities. For example, empathy and emotional intelligence education are good knowledge foundations to support professional growth as an inclusive leader. Daniel Goleman’s book Emotional Intelligence states, “The fine art of relationships requires the ripeness of two other emotional skills, self-management and empathy.” There are many more skills to explore for skill-building as an inclusive leader. These are a few suggestions to explore.

Why Do Inclusive Leaders Need to Stay Committed To An Inclusive Workplace?
Ongoing cultural shifts and occurrences create turbulence that affects workplace goals and inclusion progress. As such, inclusive leaders must evaluate and proactively prepare commitments with supporting accountability, focusing on embedding inclusion deeply into the workplace’s fabric.

by Simone E. Morris


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