Inclusive Leadership

A key enabler of driving D&I success within organisations is ensuring that leaders have the skills and abilities to be Inclusive Leaders.

What is Inclusive Leadership?

Inclusive leaders create successful organisations in today’s complex diverse global environment. They improve performance, productivity and innovation, through their ability to relate to a diversity of people and perspectives, be open and flexible, and focus on personal, team, and organisational growth.

Inclusive leadership refers to the capabilities (i.e. mindsets, knowledge, skills, and behaviours) which ensure that a diversity of employee perspectives shape and improve an organisation’s strategy, work, systems, values and norms for success.

[Source: Building Inclusion: An evidence-based model of inclusive leadership, DCA, 2015].

Embedding inclusive leadership capabilities into an organisation’s leadership framework has been shown as an effective way to drive inclusion throughout an organisation.

DCA’s model of inclusive leadership provides a framework for organisations based on building mindsets. The framework and associated knowledge, skills and behaviours required are set out in DCA’s Building Inclusion: An evidence-based model of inclusive leadership.

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