“Inclusion Works” is not only the theme of our Diversity & Inclusion Week, but it’s also a fact. A company may be diverse, but if there is not a culture of inclusion in which employees are given the power and framework to leverage people’s differences, innovation and growth will suffer.
In order for inclusion to work, it requires strong leadership. Research shows that well-managed, diverse teams outperform both homogeneous teams and teams that are diverse but poorly-managed. Teams with inclusive leadership are more productive and innovative. In Creating Value with Diverse Teams in Global Management, the writers found that, “Diverse teams are especially well-suited for tasks that require considering an issue from many angles or that depend upon out-of-the-box thinking. “
To fully understand how and why inclusion works, we have illustrated the five key reasons inclusion is beneficial for both people and business: