Practical Pointers to Practice Inclusive Leadership
Strong leadership is inclusive by definition. As such, the principles of leadership remain unchanged regardless of the background of those being led.
- Authenticity: Be transparent and authentic when leading an individual or a team. This means giving direct yet constructive feedback on performance for anyone who seeks it. Moreover, it means celebrating genuine achievements that are truly exceptional rather than disingenuously praising behaviors and actions that are expected of any individual. Finally, allow others to see the real “you” rather than a projection of what others expect you to be. This won’t please everyone, but it will empower you to lead in your own unique manner.
- Humility: Acknowledge that you do not—and cannot—fully understand the unique background of each team member unless you dedicate time to the relationship. Only with this understanding, however, will it be possible to craft a professional development pathway for those individuals.
- Respect: Identify and embrace the unique traits of your team while celebrating those traits throughout the organization. A culture of unity is built upon an understanding that every action we take and every word we speak as individuals creates—for better or worse—the image of the entire organization.