Inclusion refers to how comfortable and welcome employees feel at work. While a company may have a diverse workforce, that does not necessarily mean that employees feel welcomed, safe, or valued. Leaders should consider using these three strategies to foster greater inclusivity 

Enhance self-awareness 

Be aware of personal bias and weaknesses. Leaders should encourage open communication and feedback from their team members. During one-on-one meetings and team discussion, leaders should create a safe space for employees to give their open and honest insights on how leaders can be more inclusive.  

Leaders can also engage in self-reflection by journaling or seeking mentorship from more experienced leaders. By taking the time to reflect on their actions and decisions, leaders can develop a deeper understanding of their own behaviors and motivations.  

Get to know your employees 

67% of employees do not feel like they receive equal opportunities in the workplace. To ensure that all employees feel included, leaders need to take the time to get to know their employees and each of their differing needs.  

Leaders should ask their employees about their career goals, work preferences, or any challenges they may be facing. By asking employees personal questions, leaders can tailor their approach to better meet individual needs to ensure all employees feel included in the workplace.  

Be humble  

Humility is key to being an inclusive leader. In leadership, humility means to put your employees first and be open to new ideas and feedback. Humble leaders are also not afraid to admit their mistakes and learn from them. They acknowledge their errors and where they have fallen short and ask for ways to improve.  

Being humble allows leaders to constantly seek ways to improve and be more inclusive.  

Being an inclusive leader means giving everyone a voice. When employees feel valued and heard, they will naturally feel more included in the workplace and comfortable with being themselves. Team members who feel included are more likely to be productive and stay at the company long-term.