What inclusive leaders do different

“How to become an inclusive leader: the winning leadership habits in a diverse world” by Thais Compoint, is a guide for business leaders to attracting and inspiring diverse people. It comes out timely, in a historical moment when we see an upsurge of intolerance across the globe, alongside public statements in favour of diversity by several corporations, such as Nike, Starbucks and Coca-Cola.

Thais Compoint, a leading inclusion and diversity specialist, addresses a major paradox. Countless studies demonstrate that companies that embrace inclusion and diversity are more successful. For instance, a Catalyst study showed that companies with the highest representation of women in senior management deliver 34 percent greater returns to investors. According to a McKinsey report, ethnically diverse companies are 35 percent more likely to outperform financially. Yet, few business leaders know how to drive inclusion and diversity. An Oxford Economics survey showed that only 28 percent of global executives think their leaders are prepared to lead a diverse workforce.

Who did you write the book for?

My main target audience are open-minded business leaders and managers looking for new ways to increase engagement, productivity, and creativity in their teams. The book will also be very useful to human resources professionals and inclusion and diversity practitioners looking for concrete tips to create an inclusive culture.

Why should business leaders and managers care about inclusive leadership?

Because inclusive leadership can help them achieve their goals more easily, while bringing out the best in the people around them. Several studies show that teams led inclusively are more engaged, productive and innovative. For instance, the “Aristotle project” was a research done by Google to find out the secret of productive teams. They discovered that the key characteristic of productive teams is the feeling of psychological safety generated by a culture where people feel heard and safe to be themselves. In other words, an inclusive culture.

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