Inclusive leadership is a dynamic and forward-thinking approach to leadership that emphasizes the integration of diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds within an organization. At its core, inclusive leadership seeks to create an environment where every individual feels valued, respected, and empowered to contribute their unique skills and insights. This style of leadership goes beyond mere compliance with diversity and inclusion initiatives; it aims to leverage the power of neurodiversity and the insights from neuroscience to drive organizational success.
Inclusive leadership recognizes that our brains are wired differently, and diversity extends beyond visible differences such as race, gender, or age. It acknowledges the vast array of cognitive styles, problem-solving approaches, and thinking patterns. Neuroscience research underscores that diverse teams are more innovative and better equipped to tackle complex challenges. By embracing the neurodiversity of their workforce, inclusive leaders encourage a broader spectrum of ideas and creative solutions.
This leadership style also acknowledges the role of empathy and emotional intelligence, areas closely linked to our brain's functioning. Inclusive leaders display a high degree of empathy, understanding the emotions and perspectives of others, and creating an environment where individuals can bring their authentic selves to work without fear of discrimination or exclusion. Neuroscience reveals that fostering such psychological safety is key to maximizing individual and collective potential.
Inclusive leadership, informed by neuroscience, is about reshaping organizational cultures, policies, and practices to reflect the latest understanding of how our brains work and how diversity can be harnessed for innovation and growth. It's an essential approach for forward-thinking leaders aiming to thrive in today's complex and interconnected world.
Why you should Attend
- Enhanced Leadership Skills: Inclusive leadership is crucial in today's diverse and globalized world. Attending the webinar can help you develop the skills to lead inclusively, fostering a more diverse and collaborative work environment.
- Improved Decision-Making: Inclusive leaders make better decisions by considering various perspectives and experiences. Learning how to be an inclusive leader can lead to more informed and effective decision-making, reducing FUD in the process.
- Team Performance: Inclusive leadership can positively impact team dynamics, leading to higher employee morale, engagement, and productivity. Reducing FUD within your team can create a more positive and supportive work environment.
- Diversity and Inclusion: Inclusive leadership is closely linked to fostering diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Attending this webinar can equip you with the knowledge and tools to promote diversity and create a more equitable and inclusive organizational culture.
- Competitive Advantage: Organizations that prioritize inclusive leadership often have a competitive edge. By attending the webinar, you can gain insights to help your organization attract top talent, improve customer relationships, and stay ahead in the market.
- Personal Growth: Developing your inclusive leadership skills can lead to personal growth and a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities presented by diversity. It can be a transformative experience, both professionally and personally.
- Adaptation to Change: Inclusive leadership can help you and your organization adapt to changing circumstances and uncertainty. Learning to manage fear, uncertainty, and doubt in a diverse context can make your leadership more resilient and flexible.
- Social Responsibility: Promoting inclusive leadership aligns with social responsibility and ethical leadership principles. It demonstrates your commitment to promoting fairness, equity, and social justice within your organization and beyond
Areas Covered in the Session
- Understanding Inclusivity: Exploring the concept of inclusivity, its importance, and the benefits it brings to individuals and organizations.
- Unconscious Bias: Identifying and addressing unconscious biases that may hinder inclusive decision-making and interactions.
- Cultural Competence: Developing an awareness of different cultures, backgrounds, and experiences to foster a more inclusive workplace.
- Communication and Empathy: Enhancing communication skills and empathy to create a supportive and inclusive environment for team members.
- Inclusive Policies and Practices: Learning how to develop and implement inclusive policies and practices within an organization.
- Neurodiversity and Innovation: Understanding how neurodiversity can contribute to innovation and the importance of embracing diverse thinking styles.
- These topics collectively equip participants with the knowledge and skills needed to become inclusive leaders and promote diversity and equity within their organizations
Who Will Benefit
- Anyone is a leadership role or who aspires to a leadership role
LeRoy Thompson is Managing Director Of Thompson & Associates. He is a Certified Virtual Presenter with expertise in the development and delivery of training programs on more than twenty distinct topics. He has worked with over 150 client organizations and trained over 47,000 participants over the course of his career.
His training programs, work sessions, conference presentations, and keynote speeches all receive rave reviews. He is a dynamic instructor, energetic facilitator, and insightful consultant. His delivery balances his depth of knowledge with an appropriate mix of warmth and humor.
LeRoy's work in the public sector has included training and organizational development projects for the U.S. departments of Education, Environmental Protection, Defense, Interior, Commerce, Treasury, Health And Human Services, Energy, Agriculture, Justice, NASA, the Michigan Department of Community Health, Mississippi Department of Mental Health, Ohio Department Of Public Welfare, Governor’s Office of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Riverside County (CA), Fairfax County (VA), and Sarasota County (FL). Private sector and not-for-profit organizations include Citigroup, BMW, Gannett, Corning Inc., Motorola, Lockheed Martin, Sallie Mae, Boys & Girls Clubs, United Way of America, and the American Press Institute.
Prior to founding Thompson & Associates, he was an Associate with McKinsey & Company in their Washington, DC office. He has been a Practice Leader with Kepner-Tregoe in the Worldwide Strategy practice
as well as a Senior Consultant with Booz, Allen and Hamilton, specializing in change management projects with Federal agencies.
LeRoy was educated at Harvard University where he received a bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature and Language, and a master’s degree in Finance and International Business from Columbia University School of Business. His AMA-By-Satellite television broadcast of “Written Skills for Business Communications” received the ‘Best of Business Television’ Award. His book, “Mastering the Challenges of Change” received a Newberry Book Club award. His article “E Commerce-Changing the Rules of Strategy Implementation” was published by Strategy and Leadership magazine.