“The most successful companies don’t just out do their competitors;
They redefine the terms of competition by empowering unique ideas
in a world where too many of us are encouraged to go with the flow.
Innovation requires leadership that is inclusive and collaborative in order for diverse thought to thrive.
Over time, that brand of authentic leadership creates an organizational shift that is real and sustainable.”

-Denise Pirrotti Hummel, CEO

Inclusive leadership is the set of behaviors demonstrated by organizational leaders that result in increased business outcomes within a diverse workforce. Leaders who wish to employ inclusive leadership value the diversity of talents, experiences, and identities of their employees. When employees feel unique and feel a sense of belonging based on shared attributes and goals, organizations increase the chances of reaping the business benefits of a diverse workforce.

Research indicates that inclusive companies obtained a 2.3 times higher cash flow per employee over a 3 year period, while employees are more likely to focus on team work and business impact, and drive higher performance as measured by business, financial, and talent outcomes. When effective inclusive leadership is present in a company culture, employees are significantly more engaged, able to work as a team, and capable of better solutions for navigating business priorities. These outcomes cultivate an environment where employees can openly contribute their objections, maintain a sense of belonging, and believe their opinions are valued in the workplace, creating conditions for new insights to emerge and diverse perspectives to be heard, and ultimately benefit the bottom line.