Being open-minded to employees who bring unique experience and expertise to the table can only help your business. After all, encouraging — and hiring for — diverse thought can mean the difference between projects getting stuck in group-think ruts and teams creatively solving long-standing problems. Problems you may not have already been aware of are desperately in need of solving.
So how can leaders better embrace or encourage diversity in the workplace? Here is what Forbes Coaches Council members advise:
1. Treat People With Respect To embrace diversity is to treat everyone with respect. Focus on others before yourself by building on their gifts and strengths. – Dr. Kregg Hood, EDC Communications
2. Demonstrate The ‘Why’ The best way to encourage leaders to embrace diversity is to engage them in experiential learning while at the same time demonstrating the “why.” Leaders are looking for results. Diversity drives results through varied experiences and new ideas. It challenges what is comfortable but often stale and no longer relevant. Give examples of where it’s working and teach how to apply that to your leadership. – Carrie-Ann Barrow, Barrow Consulting
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