It is ironic that as the world of work becomes increasingly diverse, many leaders still grimace when you mention the word diversity.
To them, the word connotes uncomfortable initiatives, political correctness, and forced rules. However, the importance of diversity is not going to diminish. But it must be redefined beyond traditional focus on internal diversity and seen as a strategic imperative that requires
• Understanding other cultures, stakeholders, and consumers
• Demonstrating real empathy and understanding of community concerns for sustainability and economic development
• Taking risks to do things differently by building the strategic alliances, coalitions, and relationships necessary to manage effectively ...