How To Lead A Truly Inclusive Team
Diversity is more than just a corporate buzzword. For meaningful change within our offices, inclusion is key. Here, Carol Innes, Manager Aboriginal Cultural Heritage & Arts Development WA, Co-Chair Reconciliation WA and an alumna of Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership, reveals how leaders can foster inclusivity.
To address systemic racism in the workplace, take action to develop diversity and foster truly inclusive leadership between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, Carol’s advice is to get RREAL – respect, recognition, environment, acknowledgement and listening.
How well do you know the people in your team, and what their broader leadership roles outside work might be? ” You need to listen with your whole body, not just your ears. Pay attention to body language, not just to what is being said. Don’t listen to extract information or wait to be told what to do.,” says Carol. The pandemic has created opportunities for colleagues to get to know one another in a way they may never have previously, but it’s important for senior positions especially to continue the conversations so they understand each other as whole people and value their assets beyond the work capacity.
You can read Carol’s advice for organisations and leaders on how to actively foster inclusivity here. A diverse and inclusive workplace is a strong one.
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