Studies have proven that diverse teams drive better performance and organizations with greater diversity become more resilient and innovative. In addition, inclusion is required for diverse teams to thrive.
Put another way, Diversity without Inclusion would be getting invited to the dance, but not being asked to dance!
There is little point in considering how to recruit a more diverse workforce, nor how to ensure talented individuals from different backgrounds are fully included if your organization has not yet considered what different people need to be successful and to do that you must consider and understand equity.
Equity is fair and appropriate access to the resources required for an individual to be successful and reach their full potential.
Leadership must embrace and recognize that different people have different needs and being committed to giving people what they need to succeed is essential. When this happens the organization and everyone involved in it, WINS!
Now the challenge as a leader is, what are you willing to do to ensure that this is happening in your organization? If you are reading this, you have an opportunity to make an impact… Now DO THE WORK!