What is the value of diversity in the workplace?

In my research study on leadership motivation and job satisfaction, we also looked at diversity and the impact that it has on team members in organizations, or just small groups. Looking at leadership and understanding that leaders have the ability to get people to do things that they would not normally do, diversity then becomes a new platform for the leader to understand how people think and feel in the workplace.

In a recent conversation, it has been brought to my attention about some of the fears of having conversations. So what should leaders do?

Should they not have the conversation and use the avoidance factor to ensure that no one ask any questions that might make others uncomfortable?

Should they open the door for conversation among team members and be just a great listener, use empathy, promote hope and encouragement?

In my position as a coach, I have seen that the value of diversity has not been looked upon wholeheartedly by leaders. I believe that they are many leaders who understand your leadership position, however there are many leaders who need to focus more on the value of diversity. In my opinion, a leader who understands the value of diversity has the opportunity to create more leverage for conversations.

Why are conversations so important for the leader? Leaders who promote conversations allow employees to be expressive and all employees to have an opportunity to feel comfortable in their workplaces. I also think that leaders who value conversations will promote trust among the employees. These kinds of leaders will get employees to be more actively engaged in the workplace and, as a matter of fact, become psychologically connected to the tasks that they are assigned.

Having these kinds of conversations will allow leaders to promote employee engagement. According to Gallup studies, employee engagement drives performance, and engagement rises and falls with leadership.

I would like to know how you lead if you have a team. I would also like to know what do you do in your current work world when it comes to these conversations. Are they having them around you? Are you having them? How can we have them?

My goal for this conversation is to help us understand how important it is for us to truly become involved in our environmentI would like to know how you lead if you have a team. I would also like to know what do you do in your current work world when it comes to these conversations.

Thanks so much for joining me on this conversation

Big Love.

Sharon