Set an Inclusive Tone

8 Mins

To set a tone of inclusivity among your team:

1. Model inclusivity in your behavior

1. Model inclusivity in your behavior

Set an example. Check yourself for biased language and behavior and speak out when you see bias shutting down people and ideas.

1. Model inclusive behavior yourself

2. Explain what behaviors you will be modeling and why

2. Explain what behaviors you will be modeling and why

An inclusive workplace is a better workplace, for everyone.

2. Explain what behaviors you will be modeling and why 

Communicate how any new actions you're implementing, such as mentorship programs, cross-departmental training, or new communication practices, will foster inclusion.

Others will notice a change so make it clear it's deliberate.

2. Explain what behaviors you will be modeling and why

Pushback on a new initiative is not uncommon. It's important to listen to any concerns, and use them to inform your approach.

1. Model inclusive behavior yourself

2. Explain what behaviors you will be modeling and why

3. Prioritize kindness in the approach

3. Prioritize kindness in the approach

When someone's behavior is non-inclusive, encourage your team to point it out kindly, and give the benefit of the doubt that the perpetrator didn't mean any harm.

3. Prioritize kindness in the approach

Focus on correcting behaviors, not people. Most people want to correct their non-inclusive behavior once they notice it.

1. Model inclusive behavior yourself

2. Explain what behaviors you will be modeling and why

3. Prioritize kindness in the approach

4. Be vulnerable and humble

Let's practice!

Here's the scenario.

Frank read an article on inclusivity and decided to put it into practice. The next day, he saw a calendar with shirtless men that's been on someone's desk for months. He asked them to remove the calendar, resulting in a public argument.

Quiz 1 of 1

What could Frank have done better when implementing inclusive behavior?

a
Conducted a survey to see if people in the office felt objectified by the calendar.
b
Had a private conversation telling the employee to remove the calendar or face punishment.
c
Taken down the calendar and said nothing.
d
Communicated the initiative to practice inclusive behavior beforehand, so everyone would be on the same page.

TAKE THE NEXT STEP:

At your next meeting, explain the inclusive practices you will be reinforcing. Remember: don't just say what you'll be doing; explain why you think it will be valuable.

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