Black Lives Matter exposed the systemic racisms in workplaces, which brought about the need to examine systems and frameworks entrenched in modern-day workplaces. Addressing challenges around inclusion, equity, and diversity should be prioritized to build a diverse workforce that can maintain and keep talents. It is difficult to promise and actualize an inclusive workforce. Still, enterprises that have invested in such a framework get better positioned to succeed now and in the future. Being an inclusive leader is a choice one must consciously take, and there are several behaviors associated with inclusive leadership. Here are a few of these fundamental qualities of an inclusive leader.

 

Ensuring that everyone within the company structure gets heard no matter their rank in the organization.

 

A work environment where every employee, despite their job title, is free to express and air their views when they have a fresh or a different thought is the ultimate goal of inclusive leadership. Inclusivity in workplaces allows everyone to get heard despite various backgrounds and the titles one holds within the organization structure. A leader should set the tone when it comes to how reporting gets done in the entire organization. This structure ensures that every employee has an opportunity to get heard and all ideas presented to the company’s leadership get the necessary attention without any discrimination or bias based on who submitted them.

 

An inclusive work environment should make it safe and open for any employee to present new ideas to the management. It’s a no-brainer that the majority of the companies considered inclusive have the most innovative minds in the industry. It gets directly attributed to the fact that people feel safe and free to share and present ideas and collaborate within various teams without fear of being targeted.

 

An inclusive leader must find a safe place of allowing and identifying opportunities where their employees are free to share ideas and at the same time offer criticism to the company through the feedback they provide to the company. An inclusive leader must strive to create an environment where sharing and dialogue get encouraged and disagreeing is not punished rather than applauded. A company leadership that gets built on trust has a motivated workforce that is productive and result-oriented.