The pitfalls of inclusive leadership

You may have good intentions, but don't presume it's working, says the Royal Academy of Engineering CEO Hayaatun Sillem.

by Adam Gale

Inclusive leadership sounds suspiciously like a no-brainer – if you’re not being inclusive of all the people who work for you, you must be excluding some of them, and that’s just bad management. Very few leaders are likely to believe it applies to them.

Unfortunately, assuming you’re inclusive doesn’t mean you actually are. This is a subject that Royal Academy of Engineering CEO Hayaatun Sillem takes very seriously. 

"As someone who comes from a lot of different minority groups, my whole experience has been trying to compensate for cultures that aren’t always inclusive. It’s made me acutely aware of difference.

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