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Symposium 2014

The 21st Century Challenge: Inclusive Leadership

The Challenge

“Inclusion is not a strategy to help people fit into the systems and structures which exist in our societies; 
it is about transforming those systems and structures to make it better for everyone.“ (Diane Richler, President, Inclusion International)

Gone are the days when leadership was the exclusive realm of an old boys’ network or a secret society of an Ivy League institution. Gone, too, are the days when most companies, organizations, or governments were lead by command and control mechanisms, opaque to those below and out of the decision making loop, and certainly not debatable. Inclusive leadership, which can be characterized by shared goals, common visions, diversity of voice, and high degrees of emotional intelligence is now more than a buzzword. Many would argue, it is the future of leadership.

What are the challenges ahead for leaders across sectors, industries, and geographies? Are current structures and systems built for inclusion or are they in need of a revamp to accommodate inclusive leadership theories and models? How can inclusive leadership impact economic growth? What are the key arguments for inclusive leadership and why is there resistance?