Intention can be the greatest motivation to start a new initiative and achieve a goal. But sometimes plans fail to reach implementation because of misguided actions or lack of intentionality. The work of inclusion is an initiative that doesn't always happen organically, but requires intention.
As leaders, we all are seeking positive outcomes. We hope for positive results to drive us toward a purpose. If we coach leaders to be intentional in their pursuits, it will create a dramatic change. One of the best ways leaders can create an impact is by committing to a lifestyle that values and leverages human differences. Imagine what the world would be like if we all were intentional in our pursuit of inclusion. Diversity and inclusion are vital assets to the performance of organizations and communities.
What if instead of seeing the work of inclusion as the responsibility of the individuals who carry the title, or the big corporations with social responsibility goals, we each start a movement whereby people embrace the process of becoming an Intentional Inclusionist™? Then, what would happen?
Promoting diversity and inclusion is more than just a social responsibility. It gives all of us opportunities to grow and learn from each other. However, embracing inclusion is not always easy for people. As leaders, we must hold ourselves accountable to create the inclusion we wish to see. Diverse views allow us to make better decisions. I believe that commitment and practice from everyone in becoming an Intentional Inclusionist™ is a solution to address racism, discrimination, and marginalization.
If you are a person who wants to develop as a leader with inclusive values, I’d like to invite you to get a copy of my recently published book, The Intentional Inclusionist™. This book is for leaders who want to grow as inclusion-minded individuals and exercise their leadership to enhance the workplace, build communities, and have a positive impact on other circles of influence to which they belong. To be an Intentional Inclusionist™ is to be motivated by the power of intentionality and to be proactive in leveraging opportunities to engage people in achieving their full potential. This book, inspired by philosophies of leadership and inclusion, contains principles to help individuals become more intentional in how diversity and inclusion are understood and practiced at the individual level. No matter what your role—executive, manager, business owner, or someone interested in seeing our world improve—you have the power to drive change. It starts with each of us committing our lives to the work of inclusion. We must believe that our collective effort, one person at a time, one story at a time, can change the way the entire world looks at human differences. Please join the movement and bring someone along with you.
Dr. Nika White is the Senior Advisor to the Greenville Chamber’s
Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives and the
President and CEO of Nika White Consulting.