Learn the Value of Inclusion
Increasing diversity and inclusion in organizations is not about “doing the right thing”—it is essential to success. Catalyst helps organizations build the business case for diversity and inclusion, and we’ve developed inclusive leadership strategies that help everyone feel welcome and appreciated. In fact, our research has found:
The more included employees felt, the more innovative they reported being in their jobs.
The more included employees felt, the more they reported engaging in team citizenship behaviors—going above and beyond the “call of duty” to help other team members and meet workgroup objectives.
Perceiving similarities with coworkers engendered a feeling of belongingness while perceiving differences led to feelings of uniqueness.
Demonstrate EACH Behaviors
Catalyst research has identified four leadership attributes linked to inclusion—Empowerment, Accountability, Courage, and Humility (EACH). With the EACH behaviors, inclusive leaders create innovative, dynamic workplaces where employees feel connected to and supportive of one another, and where everyone can advance and thrive:
- Empowerment: You enable direct reports to develop and excel.
- Accountability: You demonstrate confidence in direct reports by holding them responsible for performance they can control.
- Courage: You put personal interests aside to achieve what needs to be done; you act on convictions and principles even when it requires personal risk-taking.
- Humility: You admit mistakes, you accept and learn from criticism and different points of view; you seek contributions to overcome limitations.
To learn more:
- Quiz: Are You an Inclusive Leader?
Take Action Today: Inclusive Leadership Training
What does it take to inspire others, promote a novel idea, or even have a difficult conversation? How can you position yourself as an inclusive leader? Catalyst experts explore these questions in our CatalystX series of online courses hosted on edx.org. Through sound research and real-world examples, learn strategies to create more inclusive workplaces where employees representing every dimension of diversity can thrive. Sign up today!
Remember: Inclusion Includes Everybody
Gender, Race, and Ethnicity
It's impossible to talk about inclusion without incorporating race and ethnicity into the discussion. Real life is intersectional, and so should inclusive considerations in the worlplace be. View Catalyst's research on gender, race, and ethnicity.
Sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression—not to be confused with sexual activity or behavior—are personal characteristics that everyone has. Including LGBTQI employees is a vital component of a comprehensive diversity and inclusion strategy. Learn how to better recruit, retain, develop, and advance LGBTQI employees to help your organization compete effectively for talent.