The Inclusive Leader’s Playbook Modeling Inclusion For Success

Modeling behaviors is the best teaching practice for inclusive leaders

As a leader, modeling is the best teaching practice. What you say and do sets the expectation for what is acceptable behavior for the team. Conversely, the behaviors you allow give tacit permission for others to model and follow. If you do not like certain behaviors on your team, it is likely that you are allowing or even modeling that behavior, encouraging it to continue.

Rather than playing defense, reacting to hurtful unacceptable behavior (e.g., microaggressions), it is better to be proactive. I liken inclusive leadership to playing offense, setting the tone for acceptable behavior up front rather than managing bad behavior on the defense. It saves leaders time and stress in dealing with challenges, along with reducing risks for the organization.

Modeling inclusion can help prevent costly risks like lawsuits and investigations into discrimination and harassment. It can also demonstrate a respect for the increasing diversity of individuals and groups entering the workforce. It acknowledges that people have different backgrounds, identities and experiences, and it aims to avoid behaviors that may marginalize or alienate anyone based on these differences. Prioritizing inclusive leadership promotes a sense of belonging and inclusivity that is highly correlated with business results.

Start by Defining What is Inclusive and What is Not Inclusive

For leaders who want to get the most from their teams, inclusive leadership is a competitive advantage. People work harder and are more loyal to inclusive leaders. To start on the journey to inclusion, think about what behaviors on your team are acceptable or unacceptable.

The “above and below the line” behavior framework is a concept often used in leadership and organizational development to assess and categorize behaviors based on their impact on a team or organization’s culture and performance. This framework is…….

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