Inclusive leadership can be:

A flavor of the month program
Rinse and repeat
Once and done

You insert the analogy.

I believe inclusive leadership happens consistently, day in and day out. It does not happen alone, it does not happen in a vacuum, and it does not happen spontaneously.

It happens when the culture supports true inclusion. It happens when everyone feels seen, heard, and that they belong in their respective workplace. It happens when we see something icky, we say something. It happens when we are allies together, because we are stronger together.

Why do most inclusive leadership programs fail? Some common pitfalls:

#1: It is not long enough. Most inclusive leadership programs are a one-day training. Maybe follow up coaching if you are lucky. Eight hours to change the behaviors of a lifetime.  That feels like a tall order even for the most skilled trainer. In fact, as a result of doing training like this, I have begun pushing back on client requests for one and done training programs. I consider myself a skilled ally, yet one day is not enough to change deep rooted behavior.

#2: It feels check the box. Even with the best intentions, most managers feel like they have to go to this training where they are going to be schooled on what is wrong with them.  Compliance is not a motivator for behavior change.

#3: People do not believe it is real. One of my clients called diversity and inclusion an “initiative,” as if we would solve this problem in a year or two. It is a cultural shift. This work takes time. People need to see it and hear it, a lot of times, to believe it is real.

#4: It is not consistent. Great inclusive leadership skills come from diligent, focused efforts on it every day. No more than five minutes a day to practice it intentionally. It can take more time if you have it. Consistency is where you win people over and they will buy in to the commitment. It is a commitment day in and day out.

What does it take to drive true inclusive behavior?  It is rare to see, yet we have some ideas…

That is why I developed the Lead Like an Ally program.

The Lead Like an Ally program is a 12-month inclusive leadership program designed to guide managers with tools, strategies, and techniques to be more inclusive. With no more than one hour a month time commitment, it meets leaders where they are at on their ally journey in a safe, comfortable virtual learning environment with workbook exercises to apply learning real-time.

As a special offer for completing the assessment, I am offering a complimentary 30-day preview of the Lead Like an Ally program.  Simply reply, with “start my preview” and we will get you set up.

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