Inclusion

We live in an increasingly diverse and multicultural society, locally and globally.  As leaders, it's important for us to think about how we plan on making groups and experiences as inclusive as possible.  The best leaders practice inclusion through a lens of wanting to learn more, admitting mistakes, and focusing on improving systems so that all can participate equally.

Often as leaders, we're asked to help make things better for communities.  Rather, we should ask ourselves if it's our place to speak on behalf of a community or if it's more helpful for us to empower the community to speak for themselves. 

Into the future, it's guaranteed that our country and world will become increasingly complex.  How can we best prepare ourselves and the next generation of leaders to be ready for inclusion?

Some points to consider:

  • How much of what we believe "is just the way things are" is culturally influenced?
  • The more people know about their own culture and those of others, the better they will be able to communicate with anyone they meet
  • The way one does or sees things, when coupled with the way others do and see things, can lead to new and improved ways of doing and seeing things