Monday, February 18, 2013

The Essential Leadership Ingredient for Future Success: Diversity

If you followed the US Presidential election (even from a distance), workplace and leadership diversity was a theme commonly addressed throughout the campaign. As a result, one of the key discussions now among public and private leadership centers on their ability to build a gender and ethnically diverse coalition.

Multinational companies recognized long ago that succeeding in the global marketplace requires management teams and employees that reflect diverse populations. In speaking with an executive recently from the healthcare information technology sector, she emphasized the importance of having a diverse leadership team so that they could align with a diverse customer base. However, she also noted that from a management perspective, these teams can bring unique challenges with it because of the varied views and styles. In the end, her advice to those in the building process was to be patient while the individual members find their voice amongst the team, and then the team itself will soon find its voice collectively.

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