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The Inclusion Dividend: Why Investing in Diversity & Inclusion Pays Off by Mason Donovan, Mark Kaplan

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Critical Leadership Competencies

Where does inclusion fit as a leadership competency? Is it simply a “nice to have” competency, one that you as a leader should learn something about at some point? For many years, diversity and inclusion work has been perceived as a nice thing to do, the right thing to do, or something a leader has to pay attention to every once in a while. It has not been viewed in the same way as a company’s investment in developing a new sales methodology or in technology to increase productivity. In short, diversity and inclusion were not perceived as investment in the future growth of the company, but rather as an HR check box to mark off. If these efforts were seen as a system-wide investment that would provide a multiple ...

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