There is no more important task for a leader than creating a culture where all team members can contribute their talent and potential.
Human beings like to be included and appreciated. People want to know that they contribute and add value to your organization. Without the feeling of being included and validated, people feel left out and rejected from the culture.
In a healthy culture, people are learning, growing and developing to contribute in a safe environment of trust.
Inclusion is based on the premise that each one of us plays a role in setting the tone that will impacts personal engagement at every level. No matter where you are in the organization, you have a voice.
Great leadership shows up when leaders don’t believe they have all the answers. They engage with people in coming up with solutions to problems. These leaders have a WE-Fix it mentality, instead of I- Fix it mentality.
Organizations that authentically embrace creating an inclusive culture where everyone feels valued are more likely to retain their all-around talent. With the current war on talent to keep the brightest and the best, it appears to make smart business sense to explore how the power of inclusion drives business success.
With the world and organization are now going social, we begin to understand how to better engage, harmonize and collaborate in ways that reverse command and control style of leadership.
We are hungry for systems and cultures that enable people to come together as equals and unleash everyone contribution as a collective effort to win. Leaders need to embrace inclusion and mutuality wherever they are.
When people are included and appreciated they work in harmony, they learn from each other, and have a sense of belonging into their day to day job. The power of inclusion is about these connections that help breakthrough conflicts and issues of trust. They bring people closer to appreciate feedback and opposing point of views in a healthy way.
What does inclusion look like?
Inclusion is the sharing of ideas from all perspectives.
Inclusion is people working together despite differences to create success for a collective cause.
Inclusion is the creation of a culture where differences of thought and opinions are embraced with enthusiasm and celebrated. We ALL win together.
People want to contribute to the long-term success of their organizations. It’s the leader’s job to create a culture where everyone’s perspective is heard. Common courtesy and genuine respect must always be present because the reality is that not everyone is always going to agree.
Being inclusive means putting your ego aside with allowing the disagreements to surface so that the best strategies can be “on the table” after all opinions are heard.
Here are some of the benefits of creating an inclusive culture:
When everyone’s opinions are truly valued, the performance of the organization can be elevated and inspired with positive energy.
An inclusive environment minimizes the opportunity of an insider vs. outsider culture to gain traction. It’s all about the trust and respect.
When people feel that they contribute to the greater good, they are more likely to go the extra mile.
In today’s fast-paced, competitive business environment people want to feel valued for their contributions.
Great leadership is based on the premise that demonstration of valuing others does not always have to be monetary.
Allowing emerging leaders to take on more responsibility is a great example of creating inclusive culture. When people feel engaged in creating tangible results they are more likely to be inspired and valued as a human being.