Fostering Innovation and Success: the imperative of inclusive leadership in today's modern organisations


In today’s global business landscape, inclusive leadership is not just a moral imperative but a strategic necessity. According to McKinsey & Company’s 2022 report companies with more diverse executive teams are 25% more likely to outperform their peers, achieving higher profitability and 19% greater revenue from innovation. Inclusive practices foster a healthier, more resilient organisational culture, enhancing employee satisfaction and driving success.

What does it take to build inclusive leadership and why is it so crucial today?

Creating an inclusive leadership team goes beyond just hiring from diverse pools; it requires intentional strategy and ongoing efforts to cultivate an environment where every voice is heard and valued equally. This drives team proactivity, collective thriving and innovation and directly impacts the overall organisational health and performance. According to Deloitte’s 2023 report, companies with inclusive cultures are twice as likely to meet or exceed financial targets, three times as likely to be high-performing, and six times more likely to be innovative and agile.

How can you effectively build inclusivity in your team?

Here are six best practices to get you started:

  1. Commit from the top: inclusivity should start with a transparent commitment and a genuine effort to embrace diversity from the highest levels of an organisation. Leaders must not only advocate for diversity, but also actively embrace roles that foster democratisation and continuous learning (California Management Review, 2022). This can be achieved by organising initiatives that embed inclusivity deeply into organisational culture.graph showing the impact of senior leadership commitment
    As shown in the graph above, companies with senior leadership committed to DEI see higher engagement and retention rates (McKinsey & Company, IRC4HR).
  2. Invest in comprehensive training programmes: comprehensive DEI training programmes result in a 30% increase in employee engagement and a 20% increase in innovation within teams (McKinsey, 2023). Robust diversity training programmes significantly imiprove workplace inclusivity and employee satisfaction (Harvard Business Review). Organisations should invest in training that educates about unconscious bias, cultural competence and the benefits of diversity. Effective training programmes should be practical, allowing participants to engage in discussions and scenarios that reflect their daily challenges and could include workshops, seminars and e-learning modules that are regularly updated to reflet the evolving understanding of inclusivity.
  3. Foster open communication: creating channels for feedback and open lines of communication is essential for identifying and addressing issues promptly (Emerald Insight, 2023). Leaders need to listen actively to their teams and implement regular check-ins that foster open dialogue in a safe space of mutual trust. This helps in recognising any potential bias or barriers that minority groups may face. Additionally, anonymous feedback mechanisms can ensure that all employees feel comfortable sharing their experiences and suggestions.
    Here below is the timeline graphic showing the regular intervals of feedback sessions and their positive outcomes. The data indicates that organisations with frequent feedback sessions see a 25% increase in employee satisfaction and a 15% reduction in turnover rates, based on information from the World Economic Forum 2023.
    Regular feedback sessions and their outcomes. The data indicates that organisations with frequent feedback sessions see a 25% increase in employee satisfaction and a 15% reduction in turnover rates based on information from the World Economic Forum 2023.
  4. Promote mentorship and sponsorship: mentorship programmes paired with executive sponsorship can drive diversity within leadership ranks. High-potential employees from underrepresented groups should be paired with mentors who can provide guidance, feedback and support. Sponsorship extends this by actively advocating for the individual’s advancement within the company. This dual approach helps in building a robust pipeline of diverse leadership talent.
  5. Implement and monitor diversity policies: diversity policies alone aren’t enough; continuous monitoring and adaptation are key to their success (McKinsey, 2023). Establish clear goals and performance metrics for diversity and inclusion, and track progress against them. Regularly review and adjust policies and impact as necessary to ensure they remain relevant and effective.
  6. Celebrate diverse perspectives: celebrating diverse perspectives not only enriches the workplace culture but also sparks creativity and innovation by bringing a variety of viewpoints to the table. Diverse teams are more innovative and make better decisions 87% of the time (Frontiers in Psychology, 2023). Therefore, encouraging teams to share perspectives should be one of the organisational priorities.


Developing inclusive leadership teams is an ongoing process that requires continuous effort and commitment. By implementing these strategies, organisations can ensure their leadership reflects the diversity of their workforce, which is crucial for fostering creativity, innovation, and a competitive edge in today’s dynamic business environment.

Start your inclusive leadership journey to drive your organisation to success by downloading our comprehensive DEI checklist and looking at how we can best serve your needs.


  1. McKinsey & Company (2022). Diversity Wins: How Inclusion Matters.
  2. Emerald Publishing (2023). How and When Inclusive Leadership Enhances Team Proactivity.
  3. Deloitte (2023). The Diversity and Inclusion Revolution: Eight Powerful Truths.
  4. California Management Review (2022). The New Leadership Model: New Roles for the DEI World.
  5. Harvard Business Review (2022). How Diversity Training Promotes Inclusion and Growth.
  6. Frontiers in Psychology (2023). The Impact of Inclusive Leadership on Team Innovation.