6 Characteristics of Inclusive Leaders

Inclusive leaders tend to share six signature traits that not only promote diversity on their teams, but also improve their capacity to innovate and deal with uncertainty, according to a study of inclusive leaders from six locations worldwide, conducted by Deloitte Australia. How many of these traits do you possess?

he IT profession in the U.S. doesn’t have a great reputation for diversity and inclusion. While Asian Indians are well represented—making up 22 percent of the workforce in computer and mathematical occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics—the underrepresentation of women, African Americans, and Latinos in IT and other STEM fields has become a concern.

It’s time for CIOs to make diversity and inclusion a priority, and there may be no better place to start than with their own leadership styles.

A study of inclusive leaders from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Canada, and the U.S., conducted by Deloitte Australia¹, shows that such leaders possess six fundamental traits that foster diversity on their teams. These traits allow executives and managers to engage much more effectively with a wide range of culturally, demographically, and attitudinally diverse stakeholders. They also help leaders access a broader spectrum of ideas and perspectives, which can improve their decision-making and their ability to innovate, handle uncertainty, and anticipate the future. What CIO doesn’t want to develop in those areas?

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