Facilitating Productive Communication & Collaboration Across your Team
Strong and effective companies develop inclusive work conditions by facilitating candid communication and collaboration. Inclusivity is a coaching skill that requires leadership at all levels and works within organizations to develop genuine relationships across varying dynamics, considers a range of perspectives, and adjusts systems and processes. Structural changes alone are not sufficient to produce results, to provide leadership coaching, to facilitate candid conversations, or to deliver skill-building programs that support behavior change and improve clarity in communication and well-being.
Inclusive leadership is a critical capability for organizations looking to adapt to new customers, markets, ideas, and talent. According to the Harvard Business Review, inclusive leaders share six signature traits that enable people to feel included, speak up, collaborate, and ultimately lift organizational performance. While all six traits are important, a leader's awareness of personal and organizational biases is the most important factor that raters care about, as it generates a sense of inclusiveness.
Unfortunately, not all companies prioritize inclusive leadership qualities. Companies where decision-making rooms are unvarying and uniform in perspectives and experiences will struggle to retain quality employees, as these individuals may not feel included or valued within the organization. Without leadership that prioritizes your people and getting to know each of them on an individual basis, communication may be limited to those who share similar backgrounds and experiences, hindering collaboration and productivity.
These companies may fail to provide guidance or skill-building programs that support behavior change and improve communication. Most likely, they will not adjust systems and processes to accommodate a range of perspectives and as a result, these businesses may miss out on the benefits of stronger teams and organizations that increase innovation and produce stronger bottom lines.
Comprehensive Strategies: Candid Communication and Collaboration for Stronger Results
Inclusive strategies offer a solution to the challenge faced by leaders and organizations to communicate and collaborate effectively. These plans of action birth participation to develop genuine relationships, consider a range of perspectives, and adjust business playbooks. Inclusivity is a leadership skill, requiring guidance at all levels. By creating inclusive work environments, it creates opportunity for all professionals to become leaders at the decision-making table.
The result is improved collaboration and efficiency, as well as stronger clarity in communication and well-being. The use of inclusive leadership involves the application of shift management principles to enable your organization to reap the advantages of change. This includes providing coaching on leadership, promoting open and frank discussions, and providing programs to develop skills that can support changes in behavior.
Lack of Inclusive Leadership Stifles Company Success and Growth
If your company lacks inclusive leadership strategies, negative consequences are around the corner. You may struggle to adapt to changes and may not fully realize the benefits of understanding your team and their personality styles. Employees may feel undervalued or excluded, which can lead to high turnover rates and difficulty in attracting and retaining talent. Additionally, this void can lead to a toxic work environment, low employee morale, and decreased productivity. Ultimately, these factors can hinder a company's success and growth in the long run.
As you navigate through all the present challenges, we want to remind you that iCOR is here to support you every step of the way and is committed to helping you grow in the ever-evolving landscape. Don't hesitate to reach out and let us know how we can help you stay ahead of the curve.