Making Your Leadership Stand Out: Influencing Inclusion Across the Enterprise

This half-day instructor-led training highlights the benefits of inclusion and is the sixth module in the Leading With Inclusion suite. In this course, participants explore how they can influence diversity in their workplace and inclusion within their teams and across their organization. The session equips participants with tools to be more inclusive in their own leadership style and skills to influence inclusion across their organization. Participants reflect on who is within their sphere of influence, and how they would adjust their case for the benefits of inclusion depending on their audience.

They reflect on their role in creating more diversity in their workplace through inclusive cultures, and apply an inclusion change framework to their own organization’s inclusion challenges. Catalyst research has found that very few people are involved in organizational initiatives that focus on the benefits of inclusion, and this learning experience equips emerging leaders with the tools they need to take responsibility for and be involved in inclusion efforts.

Emerging leaders will gain:

  • An awareness of the benefits of inclusion for themselves, their teams, and their organizations
  • An understanding of the business case for inclusion and diversity in a workplace
  • An approach for using inclusive leadership competencies and handling resistance to inclusion efforts
  • A framework for interrupting organizational inequities and implementing more inclusive practices
  • An understanding of Catalyst research findings and tools for practical application of diversity in a workplace in day-to-day work

The organization will benefit from:

  • Leaders who advocate for the benefits of inclusion in their teams and throughout the organization
  • Increased retention, team citizenship behaviors, satisfaction and contribution
  • Managers who will have an internalized understanding of how inclusion and diversity in a workplace can make a difference to their teams and to the organization
  • Greater engagement and workforce productivity
  • A better place to work

Unique participant features:

This course starts with an exploration of the benefits of inclusion and diversity in the workplace for leaders, their teams, and the organization, at large. Participants practice responding to a series of challenges using inclusive leadership competencies grounded in Catalyst research. This course utilizes Catalyst’s framework of five actions that support successful inclusion efforts. Participants apply the framework to a case study. They then apply the approach to their own organizations and discuss what actions they can take to pursue the benefits of inclusion and to create greater diversity in their workplace. In addition, they practice handling resistance to their inclusion efforts and action plan for what inclusive leadership actions they will take going forward.

Participants will be able to:

  • Articulate the business case for the benefits of inclusion
  • Demonstrate inclusive leadership behaviors
  • Recognize the importance of involving others in cultivating diversity in their workplace and the importance of modifying their approach depending on who they are speaking to and what they are trying to achieve
  • Handle resistance to inclusion efforts


Catalyst’s pioneering research, tools and services, special events, and recognition programs are designed to support organizations and individual

leaders in the creation of inclusive workplaces here all talent can thrive. Catalyst raises awareness of how diversity benefits today’s global businesses, and provides guidance on how to enact real change.

Founded in 1962, Catalyst is the leading nonprofit organization expanding opportunities for women and business. With operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, India, Australia, and Japan, and more than 800 member organizations, Catalyst is the trusted resource for research, information, and advice about women at work. Catalyst annually honors exemplary organizational initiatives that promote women’s advancement with the Catalyst Award.

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