In globalized, multicultural organisations, diverse leadership is essential to its success. A lot of leaders already unknowingly practise this leadership style. It is only in recent years that diverse leadership has become more widespread and more streamlined.
However, some leaders are left asking how diverse leadership affects their company and whether or not it is the appropriate leadership style for them. One may say that their culture is already a melting pot of cultures and one cannot clearly set distinctions between different races. If you are also thinking of jumping the bandwagon and implementing this for your company, here are 4 ways on how it is the perfect leadership style or multicultural organisations.
Offers a fresh perspective. Sometimes, some leaders are afraid to make a change or try something new. They prefer to stick to where they are and what they know works. It’s not unreasonable, though. If each decision you make affects thousands of employees, having a fresh perspective becomes a luxury. In diverse leadership, having a fresh perspective is welcomed and rewarded. These new ideas or approaches might be the solution that a leader is struggling to find new ways to help the team.
It gives a sense of belonging. A multicultural organisation can sometimes feel non-inclusive. With different backgrounds and upbringing, people in the workplace can form smaller groups amongst themselves, often just going about their usual day. However, a diverse leadership approach can help employees climb out of their comfort zone, work together, and form bonds within the organisation. Employees feel a sense of belonging and foster the same feeling across the rest of the employees, no matter what race they are.
It attracts other talented employees. When a company has great working conditions, word spreads fast and just like that, other people with other ethnical background want to join the team. This attracts other talents which your organisation will greatly benefit from. If you only hire for positions that you actually need without having a small back-up pool of employees for project work, you can find yourself short in this unpredictable market. Making sure that you have a diverse, talented team that is not too stretched is crucial for success.
Employees are engaged. According to numerous studies, there is a strong link between employee engagement, customer satisfaction, and business profit. It starts by making sure that employees are engaged with the company, being able to show or tell them that you listen to all these concerns. Diverse leadership will help keep employees happy and satisfied with their role. They, in turn, will do whatever it takes to make our customers happy and satisfied also. And once customers are happy and satisfied with your service, the more likely will they purchase from your company.
It is indeed management’s responsibility to ensure that all their leaders are equipped with knowledge on how to become diverse leaders in the workplace. In doing so, you are ensuring that your workplace is a safe and successful one.
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