Diversity and inclusion does not only benefit people from diverse backgrounds who, because of more inclusive policies are able to be hired, paid equally, promoted, and treated fairly.
Diversity benefits the entire world by encouraging more creativity and innovation into the world at large.
Besides the moral good that accompanies treating people with respect, fairness, meritocracy, and humanity, goes beyond performance indicators in my opinion.
There are a number of documented benefits that diversity brings to the world we live in.
Despite how tired you may be about hearing the words diversity and inclusion, failing to put a concerted effort on diversity and inclusion initiatives can have detrimental effects on the world we live in.
What we see and are experiencing in our country at large with racial profiling, killing, police brutality across our country is not a coincidence.
This is a direct correlation of people only tolerating diversity and inclusion in our nation but not embracing the potent value of it in our daily living.
The real potent value of diversity and inclusion is when we are able to embrace the purpose of it in our humanity as a way of life.
Overcoming the diversity fatigue that America is experiencing will require time and transformational leadership teaching.
Recognizing the negative connotations associated with the words diversity and inclusion are also important.
Re-framing the name of your diversity and inclusion programs may help increase the needed buy-in and palatability to fully realize its amazing life benefits.
We see in the gospel story a rich man who does not want to relinquish his privilege and decides not to (Matthew 19:20-23 GNT).
What we see in the context of this story is compelling, and there are emotional and personal attachments to the prejudice, bias, and hatred of privileged people.
If we are ever going to experience progress in our nation, it’s going to take God and a major shift in the mindsets of our privileged class (Matthew 19:26 GNT).
Lastly, we here at Grace and Truth will prove with evidential examples, that people who embrace not just tolerate diversity and inclusion are different kinds of thinkers.
In fact, they outperform the traditional business model and critical thinkers.
We can and will demonstrate and create diversity and inclusion thinkers that do life and business in an extraordinary effort on complex assignments, producing what I call “the value of diversity and inclusion benefits.”
The value benefits are realized in enhanced leadership and people problem solving, increased morale, and more collaborative teamwork, all of which lead to better performance and life outcomes.
The value of diversity and inclusion also captures the stories of people’s lives and organizations that have leveraged the potency of DI to solve complex concerns.
Such as life retention, mentoring for success, cross-cultural communication, embracing our differences value, people currency, being a part of the solution, not the problem.
These undeniable return on investment (ROI) change the way we will think about diversity in life, communities, families, workplaces, and in our everyday humanity.
I’ve discovered that diversity and inclusion at its most potent form embody everyone not only those who are minorities.
And I will endeavor to make sure this is realized by all the lives we touch here in our leadership teaching and living out our purpose.
“In a world where diversity and inclusion are a hotbed of futility. I have made up my mind that I just don’t want to be right. I want to get it right.” Quote – James Baker, Jr. #TimetogetitRight #LeadershipMatters #LeadLoudly
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