Joe Gerstandt over at the Time to Act blog poses a great question about how inclusive organizations think they are. Put simply – is there a gap between the rhetoric a company espouses and the reality of what it does? Joe provides a nice overview of how an organization can self-assess their inclusion efforts.
It got me thinking about how this differs from an organization’s diversity efforts. Here are my thoughts: inclusion suggests a feeling of taking responsibility rather than the expectation of being included based on your ethnicity, gender, race, religion, or orientation. I see inclusion as the opportunity and potential of everyone who are able to demonstrate their skills and abilities. This perspective in turn helps organizations nurture the next generation of leaders that come from different backgrounds and experiences – many who would otherwise not be on leadership’s radar screen. Inclusion is about opportunity.