20160521_ozworks__0105-copyIt seems an opportune time to reflect on what leading for inclusion actually looks like. Inclusive leaders involve everyone, not only the people like them, the people they feel comfortable with, or the people who they find the least challenging.

To lead inclusively is not always easy. It requires stretching to the edge of your comfort zone, working with people who may have different preferences, different ways of seeing the world, and of living their lives.

As demonstrated so clearly in the US election process, it’s all too easy to neglect people whose voices are less accessible. It’s easy to ignore those with less power or privilege, or those who are different to you. We all have a responsibility to contribute to an environment of tolerance and respect, to overcome our differences and seek to find common ground.

Leaders have a responsibility to set the tone, to call-out behaviour which isn’t appropriate, and to create a vision of the future.

To lead inclusively in our businesses and our organisations means we need to ensure everyone has a sense of belonging. We need to ensure staff can bring their whole selves, all of their talents, their experience and their best intentions to the task at hand.

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