Our April newsletter focuses on leadership, diversity and inclusion.
Leader mindsets, capabilities and alignment: all areas of focus when building organisational capability to execute against strategic objectives. So it’s pleasing to see an emerging focus on leadership in the race to create more inclusive and diverse workplaces, rather than just on policies and processes. But where and how should energy be directed for maximum effect? We looked at this from three angles. Firstly we interviewed Mike Henry, Group Executive & Chief Marketing Officer, BHP Billiton, for his reflections on the impact of an inclusive leadership (unconscious bias) development program on enhancing leaders’ capacity to think differently and behave inclusively. Secondly, we reviewed Swiss research on the positive business impact of ethnicity diversity in top management teams. Finally we reviewed Dutch research on the importance of leaders showing consideration to diverse team members. It all underscores a simple point: what leaders say and do, and their personal backgrounds, makes a difference to diversity and inclusion outcomes.