Beyond Consensus—Empowering Diverse Voices in Decision Making
Inclusive environments invite different voices to share ideas, and solutions to enable effective decision making. This article shares why empowering voices in decision making is critical and shares The Four Layers of Diversity model as an effective framework for leaders to utilize.
Inclusive Leadership: Integration of Differences
Integrating differing viewpoints is central to any good decision-making process, yet leaders often struggle with this. Bias blind spots prevent leaders from realizing that additional stakeholders should contribute to the discussion (and who those individuals are). Other times, the right people are in the room, but a lack of trust or psychological safety enable groupthink despite the leader actively soliciting diverse opinions.
Involvement in the Workgroup
Involvement in the workgroup is a key part of inclusive leadership, representing how connected employees are in an organization to one another. Fostering greater involvement can be leveraged by leaders in the strategy, development, and execution process to develop a more successful strategy and more inclusive workplace.