Quiz: Are You an Inclusive Leader?Feb 11, 2020
What separates a great manager from a mediocre one? According to Catalyst’s global report, Getting Real About Inclusive Leadership, building an inclusive team culture is key.
A manager’s behavior has a direct link to employee experiences of inclusion—in fact, almost half of an employee’s experience of inclusion can be explained by managerial inclusive leadership behaviors.
There are two broad categories of behaviors that leaders can practice to be more inclusive:
- Leading outward is what you do to ensure team members are treated fairly, empowered, and able to flourish.
- Leading inward requires a hard look at who you are and your inner ability to act courageously, learn, and self-reflect.
Employees’ experiences of inclusion at work explain how constructively teams problem-solve, how engaged employees are, how interested they are in staying at their jobs, and how much they feel like they can innovate.
This quiz is intended as a starting point for considering what strengths and areas of opportunity you have as a leader for building workplaces that work.
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1. A team member isn’t sure how to tackle a project and asks for your advice. You say:
2. Your manager gives you a new project, and it’s not clear how you should approach it. You:
3. You’ve asked your team members to complete a new long-term project with many moving parts and deadlines. To make sure the job gets done, you:
4. How do you generally approach the annual review process with your team?
5. A member of your team comes up with a unique idea for a project that she’s really excited about but that has never been tried before. You think it’s promising, but it goes outside of what works around here and you think the higher-ups will be critical of this approach. You:
6. You’ve recommended one of your team members for a managerial position, even though they’ve never supervised anyone before. Your boss would rather bring in someone they know well from outside the organization. You:
7. A project you spearheaded was not as successful as you had hoped, and your boss points this out in a departmental meeting. How do you react?
8. Everyone’s talking about your team’s great presentation. When colleagues congratulate you, you say:
9. You are on the team interviewing for a new important position at your company, one that you’ve struggled to fill. Reflecting on the slate of candidates you’ve interviewed so far, you realize that most of them are white. How do you react?
10. You hear several team members laughing after one of them makes a joke about another team member that stereotypes their ethnicity. You:
11. In a group meeting, most of the team agrees on a new approach to your project, but one team member hasn’t said anything. You:
12. You always thought that your team members all felt valued, but you’ve heard through the grapevine that a few people may not. You: