My passion and drive to be an inclusive leader are heavily guided by my experiences as an openly gay man since coming out in my first corporate job in early 1982, so I know firsthand what inclusion can do for someone. Inclusion in the workplace give people the opportunity to go beyond their comfort zones with support, and comes with a responsibility for modeling, mentoring and monitoring.
It means being focused on bringing people together who might otherwise be rejected, isolated or marginalized — and as more millennials and those in Gen Z join the workforce, it often means bridging the generational gaps between employees, whether they’re leaders or not. But the five generations in the workplace seek inclusion in different ways.
Leaders have high visibility roles and people are watching them for what to do and what not to do. As more organizations are stepping into the space of creating a workplace for everyone, belonging is now a critical business principle.