All employees have a part to play in developing and maintaining an inclusive culture. However, leaders have a particularly critical role to play as employees will look to them for an indication of what is acceptable and what is the norm.
Senior leaders must show visible support for diversity and inclusion if culture change programmes are to be effective – set the tone from the top from Chief Executive downwards. This empowers those in the organisation who want to help change the culture of the organisation come forward and speak up about interventions which would be meaningful and cost-effective. Your employees are the largest body of knowledge of what would be most effective since it will directly affect them…ask them!
Senior leaders need to be visible and speak publicly about the importance of inclusion to the business. Communications from senior leaders are the most likely vehicle for communicating the business case.
Important questions for organisations are therefore:
- How can we ensure that senior leaders understand why diversity and inclusion is important to our organisation?
- How can we ensure that the most senior members of our organisation are fully involved and engaged in developing organisational inclusion strategy?
- How can senior leaders demonstrate their commitment to diversity and inclusion to the rest of the organisation?
- How can we encourage senior leaders to effectively role model inclusive leadership behaviours?
We can help your organisation consider and answer some of these questions, through some introspective thinking, facilitated roundtable discussions and workshops, and advisory on best practice using case studies from other organisations.
Contact us for a free consultation to discuss how we can help you with a bespoke inclusive leadership training program.