What is it about?

Across all sectors, leadership decision-makers question how to professionally develop leaders who foster cohesive, collaborative, and high-performing workforce environments in diverse organizations. They doubt the efficacy of traditional leadership development modalities when confronted by unpredictable emerging workforce and workplace challenges. The article’s conceptual framework is centered on the premise that the best interaction between the leader and the led in diverse organizations is inclusive leadership. Leaders who deliberately role model inclusive leadership behaviors create a culture where everyone works to their full potential, stimulate learning organizations, and catalyze workforce relationships towards achieving strategic goals.

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Why is it important?

Leadership plays an indispensable role in assembling and aligning systems and processes to reap the benefits of inclusion. To fully grasp the benefits, there has to be an awareness of diversity mandates and voluntary, internally driven inclusion initiatives that are interconnected but serve distinct purposes. Leaders’ role modeling inclusive practices and effectively articulating its business impacts are critical for commitment, buy-in, and sustainability. However, none of this can happen without leaders’ comprehension of interdependent DEIA elements and how they are meticulously infused into systems and workplace processes. Everyone has a role to play, but leaders write scripts (policies), direct actors (talent capital), and set the stage (systems and structure)


Inclusive leadership is courageous and deliberate leadership. It is the responsibility of the leader to harness the benefits of inclusion to mitigate disruptive change impacting workplace engagement and environment. Inclusive leadership is not just a path toward addressing diversity, equity, and accessibility, it is essential for strengthening collaboration and cohesion. It enhances performance and cultivates a culture of learning.

Prof. Robert M Yawson, PhD
Quinnipiac University

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This page is a summary of: Developing Leaders for Disruptive Change: An Inclusive Leadership Approach, Advances in Developing Human Resources, July 2022, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/15234223221114359.
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