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In previous blogs, I introduced different leadership developments including Become a successful leader (1): Everyday Leadership, Become a successful leader (2): Self-Awareness, Become a successful leader (3): Know who I am, and what personality I have., Become a successful leader 4: Be an inspiring leader, The Golden Circle Theory, Become a successful leader (5)-Importance of communication (1), Become a successful leader (6) – Importance of communication (2): intercultural communication, Become a successful leader (7) – leadership style and influencing. Here, I will introduce “inclusive leadership” which is a critical component of any successful organization. It involves creating an environment where everyone feels valued, respected, and included, regardless of their background or identity. In this blog, I will explore the key traits of inclusive leaders and provide tips on how to develop these competencies.
The first trait of inclusive leaders is visible commitment. This means expressing authentic commitment to diversity, challenging the status quo, holding others accountable, and making diversity and inclusion a priority. Leaders who demonstrate visible commitment are more likely to create an inclusive culture where everyone feels welcome.
The second trait is humility. Inclusive leaders are modest about their capabilities, admit mistakes, and create space for others to contribute. They recognize that they don’t have all the answers and are open to learning from others.
Awareness of Bias
The third trait is awareness of bias. Inclusive leaders show awareness of personal blind spots and flaws in the system and work hard to ensure a meritocracy. They understand that everyone has biases and actively work to overcome them.
Curiosity about Others
The fourth trait is curiosity about others. Inclusive leaders demonstrate an open mindset and deep curiosity about others. They listen without judgment and seek with empathy to understand others’ perspectives.
The fifth trait is cultural intelligence. Inclusive leaders are attentive to others’ cultures and adapt as required. They recognize that different cultures have different norms and values and work to create an environment where everyone feels comfortable.
The final trait is effective collaboration. Inclusive leaders empower others, pay attention to diversity of thinking, and create opportunities for everyone to contribute.
To develop these competencies as a leader, it’s important first to be aware of personal biases by observing them in daily behaviors actively incorporating adjustments into our daily behaviors when necessary. Building positive behaviors like microaffirmations can also help interrupt biased behavior in the workplace.
In conclusion, inclusive leadership is essential for creating a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued, respected, and included. By developing these key competencies as a leader, you can help create an environment where everyone can thrive regardless of their background or identity.