Leading With Inclusion – Turn diversity into a business advantage
Today's workforce has untapped potential - inclusive leaders get the most from every team member
Your Challenge: Create an Inclusive Workplace
A decade or so ago futurists were warning us of the upcoming challenges organizations would be facing in terms of shifting demographics and employee expectations. They highlighted the need to break down silos and glass ceilings if we were to access all the passion and creativity that was latent – yet often untapped – in today’s workforce.
Today these changes are truly upon us. Organizations are rapidly discovering the great benefits of leading with inclusion – namely engaging every single individual in delivering on the goals and the mission of the enterprise.
Your Solution: Be a Catalyst
For more than 50 years, Catalyst’s cutting-edge research has helped leading companies better understand the value of diversity and has provided solutions for creating equitable workplaces through workplace diversity training. Recent innovative Catalyst work shows that inclusive leadership must be core to any successful business strategy; they are the leading nonprofit organization focused on expanding opportunities for women and business.
Two companies that have embraced the power of inclusive leadership are Chevron and Procter & Gamble. They have shown strong determination in building more inclusive workplaces where everyone is valued for their unique talents. Both corporations have undertaken initiatives that demonstrate a focused, long-term commitment to developing talented women and men across all levels and regions. This approach is not a one-time symbolic effort – it is central to how these companies do business every single day.
Chevron’s US-based initiative, The Chevron Way: Engineering Opportunities for Women, is designed to encourage women to consider careers in the traditionally male-dominated oil and gas industry where, historically, recruiting women has been difficult. Diversity is a key component of the company’s core values, and nearly all employees have Diversity Action Plans (DAPs) as part of their performance evaluations. Speaking about the effort, Chairman and CEO John Watson said, “Diversity is fundamental in our efforts to attract, develop and promote women. The company’s long-term success depends on all of our people being given the opportunity to realize their full potential.” Watch more.
Procter & Gamble’s global initiative, Everyone Valued, Everyone Included, Everyone Performing at Their Peak™, is rooted in its “build from within” culture. This includes a strong talent-development component and a focus on advancing women to leadership roles, workplace flexibility for employees across regions, and addressing gender-diversity challenges in geographies where women are underrepresented in the workforce, such as Asia and the Middle East. “At P&G, our focus is on creating brands and products that improve the lives of the world’s consumers,” said A.G. Lafley, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer. “When we truly leverage the strategic value of diversity and inclusion, we understand consumers better, we innovate more consistently, and we develop each other and ourselves to be much better, much faster, and much stronger.”
Both Procter & Gamble and Chevron made these statements at a recent dinner in New York City where they were being recognized by Catalyst for their commitment to diversity. Watch more.
Leading With Inclusion
As part of its mission to help organizations navigate this challenge, Catalyst is launching a new leadership development suite of solutions: Leading With Inclusion. Bringing together the expertise and research of Catalyst with the instructional design and consultative expertise of BlessingWhite, the Leading With Inclusion suite provides organizations with a positive, research-based approach to developing leaders who can effectively tap into all the benefits of a diverse workforce.
Leading With Inclusion consists of one introductory module plus 5 topic-specific modules that can be deployed as stand-alone solutions or as components in your own personalized Inclusive Leadership suite.
|Inclusive Leadership: Crafting Your Leadership Style||2 hour; VILT
Participants will learn the meaning and impact of inclusion, and work to explore their own assumptions and unconscious biases. They will work to apply strategies to be more inclusive in their leadership approach.
|Building Inclusive Teams: Maximizing the Contribution of Your People||4 hour; ILT
Participants will explore their current teams’ composition and work with strategies to leverage diversity to achieve a competitive advantage. They will practice common management skills and inclusive leadership strategies to maximize the contribution of their diverse team
|Leveraging Differences: Increasing Innovation Through Intentional Inclusion||4 hour; ILT
Participants will explore ways to deliberately create environments conducive for maximum innovation. They will practice actions they can take to use differences to foster creative problem solving.
|Inclusive Communication: Increasing Engagement of Diverse Employees||4 hour; ILT
Participants will increase their communication ability, applying strategies to their inclusive leadership approach. They will explore their own communication tendencies as well as the nuanced differences of those on their team.
|Leading Your Career: Carving Your Own Path to Success||2 hour; VILT
Participants will work with strategies to advance their career through mentorship, networking, and advocacy. They will reflect on their own values, culture, and diversity and look for ways to leverage their own uniqueness to maximize their impact in the organization.
|Making Your Leadership Stand Out:
Influencing Change Across the Enterprise
|4 hour; ILT
Participants will identify ways they can influence others towards greater levels of inclusion. They will work with change management frameworks, and apply strategies to engage others.
Catalyst creates pioneering research, tools and services, special events and recognition for best practices in inclusive leadership. Catalyst raises awareness of how diversity benefits today’s global businesses, and provides guidance on how to enact real change.
With offices in Australia, Canada, Europe, India, Japan, and the United States, Catalyst has more than 800 member organizations around the world. Catalyst’s work is rooted in research, and their reports (which are often cited in international media) reveal the challenges and opportunities for organizations and women at work around the globe.
More information can be found at Catalyst.org