Rising Leaders Program

Building and Sustaining Inclusive Teams

An inclusive work environment promotes a sense of belonging and acceptance among employees, which can improve engagement and job satisfaction. It also can foster diverse perspectives and experiences which can lead to innovation and creativity as well as improved decision-making and problem solving. An inclusive environment can also help you attract and retain talent. This CAP will help you demonstrate that you are an inclusive leader and serve as an advocate for an inclusive culture.

Simply put, diversity is the mix and inclusion is making the mix work. When an organization does not have an inclusive culture, diversity is just a number."

- Verna Myers, VP of Inclusion Strategy at Netflix 

Expected Outcomes

By the end of this CAP, you will be able to...

  • Differentiate among diversity, inclusion, equity & belonging
  • Identify the characteristics of an inclusive environment 
  • Apply best practices of inclusivity to business decision-making 
  • Develop your own plan for establishing an inclusive environment 
  • Assess the essential qualities of an inclusive leader

This CAP is for you if...

  • You are in a leadership role 
  • You are transitioning to a new team and would like to set a strong standard of inclusion
  • You are in a position to influence inclusivity at your organization

Growth & Learning

We’ve done the research so you don’t have to. Explore these valuable resources from the best experts in the field

20 minutes

The Power of Inclusive Leadership

Video: Boonie St. John, the first African American women to win medals in the Winter Paralympics, discusses how inclusion is a strategy to drive business performance 


5 Minutes

5 Strategies for Inclusive Leadership in Healthcare

Article:  Mayo Clinic leadership development practitioners have created a framework for Inclusive Leaders that includes 5 strategies.


2 minutes

Insights from an Executive Career Strategist

Article: Learn how to become an inclusive leader by creating a safe environment for diverse perspectives, seeking diversity, and being a good listener. 


2 minutes

Six Signature Traits of Inclusive Leadership

Article: Dr. Terri Cooper, Principal and Chief Inclusion Officer of Deloitte Consulting, discusses the six key attributes of leaders who can leverage individual differences for competitive advantage in a diverse world.


9 minutes

Inclusion, not Just Diversity!

Video: Ted Talk by Yaron Zoller discussing the fact that "Diversity" is a vacuous term unless "Inclusion" is also utilized in practice. 


2 minutes

Lead Outward and Lead Inward to Build and Inclusive Workplace

Infographic: You have the power—and responsibility—to lead with inclusion.  Learn how and reap the benefits for both your team and your business 


5 minutes

Belonging at Work

Article: This model provides a clear framework for organizations to assess their HR technology and training and ensure that they are fostering a sense of belonging for every employee.


5 Minutes

How Inclusive is Your Leadership?

Article: This article presents a research-based tool with behavioral descriptors to help managers improve inclusivity when leading and connecting with underrepresented groups.


Put Into Practice

It’s time to put what you learned into real-world practice. Here are a few steps you can take

Reflect on the culture of belonging at your organization.

Reflect on the culture of belonging at your organization. Complete the Employee Experience Checklist to ensure every tool and resource should support one of the five pillars to ensure that you know you're driving belonging. 


Worksheet: Employee Experience Checklist


Identify your behavioral strengths and create a unique roadmap to becoming a more inclusive leader

How inclusive is your leadership? Complete the following Assessing Inclusivity Matrix to identify your behavioral strengths and create a unique roadmap to becoming a more inclusive leader. 


Worksheet: How Inclusive is Your Leadership?


Schedule a call with your Executive Careers Strategist

  • Refine your personal strategy
  • Get feedback on the work you put into practice
  • Learn other related techniques and strategies