Inclusive leadership, according to Employer’s Network for Equality & Inclusion (ENEI) of UK, means being aware of one’s own biases and preferences, but continues to seek out and take into account different perspectives for better decision making.” Aside from coming up with well-informed decisions, this type of diversity and inclusion (D&I) approach is very crucial to make employees feel valued and accepted. This way, they would be happier and could stay longer in the workplace.
HR Technologist shares 6 Examples of Inclusive Leadership from Around the Globe that have become preferred employers for their inclusive leadership. Here are some of the companies featured:
In 2019, McDonald’s launched the “BETTER TOGETHER: Gender Balance & Diversity Strategy,” which is a strategy on gender diversity. Initiatives like “women in tech” were included in the program, as well as reexamining teams to accelerate careers with a focus on diversity. It was also remarkable that leaders at McDonald’s publicly shared their support for inclusive leadership by changing their profile pictures on LinkedIn depicting the McDonald’s arches symbol upside down.
Since 2014, Google has been publishing its annual diversity report that gives comprehensive, accurate, and bias-free employee data to company leaders so they can make inclusive decisions in line with their D&I strategy. The company believes that such representation data is a vital catalyst for change and gauge of progress as it provides better insight on the hiring, succession, and retention trends.
Diversity and inclusion is a great priority at P&G. In fact, to create such environment, their leaders nurture disagreements and even do not shy away from heated discussions. They believe that in order to create the best strategies and plans, diverse points of view are needed. According to their CEO and chairman of the board, Geraldine Huse, they have learned from their experience that the more diverse the team is, the more debates there are, and the more disagreements they had, the results came out even better. The company also believes collaboration to be integral part of inclusive leadership when it comes to making business decisions.
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