Leadership Lessons in Diversity and Inclusion

Aperian Global posted “Leaders in diversity and inclusion: five lessons from top global companies,” on its website. This article gives detailed descriptions of business strategies that have been shown to support diversity, inclusion, and success.

Simply hiring a higher proportion of individuals who belong to minority groups does not necessarily improve inclusion, especially if these employees are not included in decision making and promoted to executive positions. Companies including Ford Motor Company, Sodexo, L’Oréal, Bayer, and Johnson & Johnson are lauded as models of global companies that manage and foster diversity and inclusion effectively.

Lesson one is about recognizing that having a diverse workforce accomplishes little if that diversity isn’t leveraged to improve productivity. Lesson two emphasizes the importance of making efforts to make all members of the workforce feel included and appreciated, improving the work environment and employee retention. Lesson three suggests using a variety of measures to assess and promote diversity and inclusion, including employee resource groups and learning modules. Lesson four puts the onus on leadership to model diversity, inclusion, and accountability. Lesson five highlights the connection between innovation and inclusion. A diverse team can view situations and solutions through a variety of lenses and come to the best conclusions along different paths.

If your company or organization could benefit from increased concrete support for inclusion, read the full article here for more detailed examples of successful and inclusive practices applied by global businesses.