In today’s world, being an impactful and effective leader requires us to move beyond a focus on goals and metrics, and towards creating environments where everyone feels valued, seen and recognized, and where diverse talents and skills come together to deliver exceptional outcomes. There is a strong alignment between the skills needed to be an adaptive leader, able to lead teams and organizations effectively through difficult and changing times, and those that are associated with an inclusive leadership mindset.
During this class we will consider the key components and skillsets underlying an inclusive leadership approach, we will review a range of materials and viewpoints, we will dive into both the business case imperative, and reflect upon the importance of purpose in creating inclusive workplaces and settings.
This class will take an immersive look at some of the complexities of our varied identities, backgrounds, cultures and the intersections of these, and we will consider our own growth as leaders and reflect upon our personal leadership story. We will look at how our institutions, structures and merit-reward expectations can contain interlocking systems of power and consider how to recognize when imbalance exists and how to create rebalancing strategies for greater inclusion.
During this class students will: gain new perspectives and insights on common assumptions and biases; reflect upon how they can grow as allies and role models; build an awareness of others’ experiences; improve leadership communication abilities; and move along a path towards building the skills necessary to become and grow as a highly engaged, impactful and inclusive leader.