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The Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion held their ‘Inclusive Leadership … driving performance through diversity!’ conference in Central London.
The Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (enei) held their ‘Inclusive Leadership … driving performance through diversity!’ conference in Central London at the offices of Royal Bank of Scotland. Speakers included Peter Cheese, chief executive of the CIPD, Allyson Zimmermann, executive director at Catalyst Europe AG and Elaine Arden, Chief HR Officer at the Royal Bank of Scotland.
Following Allyson’s presentation of Catalyst’s work, enei unveiled its own research on Inclusive Leadership. The research, commissioned by enei and conducted by Buckinghamshire New University, involved 966 surveys and 61 interviews with individuals across 11 organisations. The research found that inclusive leaders demonstrated 15 core competencies and identified, for the first time, a conclusive, evidence based definition of Inclusive Leadership. Employees in an Inclusive Leadership culture were more productive, satisfied and engaged than those working with non-inclusive leaders.
The research found that, whatever one’s status in an organisation, respondents agreed a number of key benefits of Inclusive Leadership to both organisations and individuals, including enhanced performance and productivity, greater loyalty and better services to clients, customers and service users. Critically, for the greatest effect to be seen, Inclusive Leadership must be role modelled at the top of the organisation. Inclusive Leadership positively impacts on the advancement of under-represented groups and increases the diversity of the organisation’s talent pool.
Conference delegates also heard from leading organisations who have already embarked on establishing Inclusive Leadership in their organisations, including EY, Santander and Affinity Sutton Housing.
Commenting on the findings, enei chief executive Denise Keating said:
“Inclusive leaders are key to ensuring that employees have equality of opportunity and can maximise their potential. It is often said that employees leave managers, not organisations and for an employer, attraction and retention of diverse talent is central to organisational success. The 15 competencies of inclusive leaders identified in this research represent a new benchmark of leader, whose team will outstay, outperform and outthink their peers.
“However, leaders must ensure that they are demonstrating Inclusive Leadership behaviours in all interactions, with our research finding that disabled and non-white employees, as well as over 35s, were much less likely to perceive the presence of Inclusive Leadership in their workplace.”
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