Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) training is a hot topic at the moment, particularly in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement and the hostile environment faced by many people from marginalised groups. Most organisations and their leaders accept that a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce is something to aspire to. But how do you achieve this?
Over the last decade, growing awareness of diversity and inclusion in the workplace has been welcome, but it presents us all with a challenge. No one wants to be a box, and no one wants to be a box ticker - the change has to be real, and fundamental. There are complex structures to be unpicked, and at the heart of them? Us. Real people.
Now more than ever, there is a clear need for your organisation to rethink equality as brands, employees, and communities rethink how diversity and inclusion can become a competitive advantage. It is not enough to merely come out with a press release and state that your organisation wants to become a more diverse and inclusive workplace.
What makes a good manager? There are plenty of books written on the subject, but everyone has their own personal answer. Maybe a good manager is someone you can have a laugh with, someone who keeps everything impeccably organised, or even a disciplined taskmaster who makes sure the team is as efficient as possible.
Inclusive leadership is talked about a lot –rightly so! – but so many of us still struggle without actually doing it . Having an example of someone modelling it can be a real help to show us what inclusive leadership looks like in action so we can all learn and apply it more in our own ways of working and being. Unlike in school where copying is called cheating, in leadership, copying others who are doing it well, is just good practice.