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6 Principles of Inclusive Leadership

There is a world of difference between a politically correct and a genuinely inclusive leader. Many of the current leadership dilemmas emanate from exclusionary or pseudo-inclusive leadership actions. We can see these dilemmas in government, business, education, and community leadership. Many of these negative outcomes and dilemmas are easily avoided if leadership adheres ethically to principles of inclusive leadership:
  1. Acknowledgment of all constituent groups as being integral and important members of the community regardless of their identity, diversity or divergence of worldview and needs.
  2. Affirmation of the identity of all constituent groups.
  3. Recognition and knowledge of the needs and wants of different constituent groups.
  4. Integration of each groupís concerns into the leadership decision-making and problem-solving processes.
  5. Consideration of each constituent group as integral to the well-being of the larger community regardless of the groupís size or position in the hierarchy of the constituent community.
  6. Recognition and rectification of leadership and system biases that may marginalize some constituent groups and give unfair advantage to other constituent groups.

Inclusive leaders attempt to continuously reduce the gaps in their knowledge, skills and attitudes towards culturally different constituent groups, and encourage their constituents to do the same.

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