Inclusive Leadership

Inclusive Leadership raises leaders’ awareness of how their assumptions may diminish team members’ sense of being respected, valued, and belonging, Leading inclusively isn’t about doing more. Participants are challenged to apply an inclusive lens to things they’re already doing in the flow of work. Simple adjustments in how they engage individuals, create opportunity for them, and shape their team culture increase team members’ sense of inclusion and belonging at work. These practical skills help leaders prioritize inclusion in their daily behaviors to disrupt bias and create an environment where everyone feels valued and sees an opportunity to thrive.

Inclusion has a pervasive impact on key business drivers, such as culture, employee engagement, innovation, recruitment and retention, well-being, and leadership effectiveness. Psychological safety, belonging, and a sense of opportunity are rooted in the experience of inclusion. Inclusive leadership is a crucial competency that empowers leaders to build high-performing teams, shape culture, and navigate the dynamic landscape of the modern world of work.

This content will be delivered virtually in three sessions over 3 weeks.


Participants will be able to:


1: Connect to Understand

  • Understand why leading inclusively is a core leadership skill.
  • Build meaningful connections with team members to increase understanding of their needs.
Monday, February 5, 2024
1:00 - 3:00 pm

2: Create Opportunity

  • Disrupt the influence of bias while evaluating team members’ contributions and potential.
  • Advocate for each team member consistently and frequently to increase their visibility.
  • Assign work with the intent of helping people develop and display their potential.

Monday, February 12, 2024
1:00 - 3:00 pm

3: Cultivate Team Inclusion

  • Model inclusive behaviors during daily interactions.
  • Work with their team to identify and commit to inclusive culture-building behaviors.
  • Effectively offer redirection feedback on non-inclusive behaviors that impact the team’s culture.
Monday, February 19, 2024
1:00 - 3:00 pm

Enroll via my.SMU>Learning and Development>Request Training Enrollment.  Use course code HRIL.