The Difference Between Diversity and Inclusion and Why it is Important to your Success

What is the difference between diversity and inclusion? A blogger on ( posed this question to Jennifer Brown, an HR expert and the authour of Inclusion: Diversity, the New Workplace, and the Will to Change.

Diversity is the ‘who’ and the ‘what,” says Ms. Brown. “Inclusion, on the other hand, is the how.”

Diversity is “who is sitting around that table, who is being recruited, who is being promoted, who we’re tracking from the traditional characteristics and identities of gender and ethnicity, and sexual orientation and disability—inherent diversity characteristics that we're born with.”

“Inclusion is the behaviours that welcome and embrace diversity.  If you are a great leader for inclusion, you have figured out how to embrace and galvanize diversity of voices and identities.”

“Enable people to be welcomed, valued, respected, and heard. Think about what those four words mean to you. Welcoming behaviours: what do they mean to you?  But what do they mean, more importantly, to the people you're leading?  Do you require a diverse slate of candidates if you're evaluating someone for a new position? Are you respecting viewpoints? I think it will shift how you lead, how you show up, and how you succeed as a business person.”

Read the entire conversation about diversity, inclusion, allies and the cost of “covering” up your true self at work here.