Build Better Businesses By Focusing on Employees
A New Leadership Approach detailed in Inclusify
By Stefanie K. Johnson, author, researcher, professor, and speaker
The most demographically balanced organizations are best positioned to deal with an evolving global economy. But diversity alone is just not enough. Inclusion is the vital component to harnessing the full power of diversity.
What has the greatest effect on inclusion? Your boss.
Dr. Stefanie K. Johnson has long studied the intersection of leadership and diversity. She has an extensive consulting background as well as creating and delivering leadership development training with an emphasis on evidence based practice. She has worked with the best companies in the world to create more inclusive leaders.
Psychology tells us that we as humans are always trying to balance the two most fundamental human desires, uniqueness and belonging.
Being your unique self is easy if you don’t have to interact with people who are different than you, and creating a team is straightforward if everyone on your team is the same. But because of this tension, most leaders miss out on one or the other of these 2 essential ingredients and end up with either mixed or negative results. Dr. Johnson is the one to help leaders change this.
In this groundbreaking guide, management expert Dr. Stefanie K Johnson outlines the transformative leadership skill of tomorrow―one that can make it possible to build truly diverse and inclusive teams which value employees’ need to belong while also being themselves.
The book is packed with evidence from Dr. Johnson’s research, lab experiments, and field studies with multiple organizations and interviews from more than 100 leaders and CEOs of major corporations who were getting it right, and leaders at all levels who were getting it wrong.
Inclusifying—unlike “diversifying” or “including”— implies a continuous, sustained effort towards helping diverse teams feel engaged, empowered, accepted, and valued. It’s no use having diversity if everyone feels like an outsider, she contends.
Leaders who are more inclusive will have better relationships with their teams, elicit greater productivity from all their workers, and create a more positive environment for everyone.
Inclusify can change a company by making it possible for unique perspectives to be heard, thus allowing the best, most innovative and creative solutions to emerge while creating an atmosphere in which all employees can be truly engaged. And engagement is the paramount of success and is a key driver of performance.
And in a competitive talent market in which engagement drives retention and profits, Inclusifying is the key to innovation, growth, and continued success.
About the Author:
Dr. Stefanie K. Johnson is an author, professor, and keynote speaker who studies the intersection of leadership and diversity, focusing on (1) how unconscious bias affects the evaluation of leaders and (2) strategies that leaders can use to mitigate bias. She has extensive consulting experience and has created and delivered leadership development training with an emphasis on evidence-based practice. Her research and experience was the basis for her first book Inclusify: The Power of Uniqueness and Belonging to Build Innovative Teams.
She is also passionate about disseminating her work more broadly and has taught two LinkedIn Learning courses on how to increase diversity and inclusion in corporations. She has published over 70 journal articles and book chapters in outlets such as Harvard Business Review and Journal of Applied Psychology and her work has been featured in media outlets such as Forbes, The Economist, Time, and the Wall Street Journal.