Why Organisations Need Inclusive Leaders?

Inclusive leadership is no longer a ‘nice to have’ factor for the organisations. It’s needed as such leaders are open to change. They genuinely care about their employees as ‘humans’, not machines. And they respect and welcome differences. A research shows that it directly enhances performance. Teams with inclusive leaders are 17% more likely to report that they are high performing, 20% more likely to say they make high-quality decisions, and 29% more likely to report behaving collaboratively. What’s more, they discovered that a 10% improvement in perceptions of inclusion increases work attendance by almost 1 day a year per employee, reducing the cost of absenteeism.

“For a long time, the workplace mantra was to minimize your personal life, to leave whatever it is at the door,” says Ashley Oolman, a disability inclusion consultant whose clients range from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses to school districts. “Now the mantra is to bring your best self, your whole self, to work.”

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