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Inclusive Leadership

There are two main factors underpinning the increased focus on inclusive leadership. Firstly, a steady increase in employee diversity and secondly changing societal, organisational and individual values and expectations. It is this wide range of factors that has generated dissatisfaction with a traditional, heroic model of leadership and highlighted the need for something different.

What do leaders want from their teams? 

Enhanced performance, productivity and creativity

The advance of under-represented groups

Enhanced loyalty

Better teamwork

Better services to clients, customers and service users

Higher retention

Motivation to go the extra mile

Diverse talent pool 

Are all leaders achieving this now, in a climate of inclusion? Do staff surveys, absenteeism, retention, grievances figures suggest otherwise? Let’s consider some of the actions of inclusive leaders:

Respectful and understand individuality 

  • Being self-aware and understanding their own biases 

  • Truly listening to the opinions of others

  • Being cognisant of body language and facial expressions and inclusive language. 

  • Seeking feedback on their communication style.

  • Having self-awareness of how preconceived views can influence behaviour towards others

  • Nurturing a culture of respectful challenge

  • Building psychological safety and being aware of and challenging unacceptable behaviours

Embracing diversity and embedding an inclusive culture

  • Actively seeks out and considers different views and perspectives to inform better decision-making.

  • Understanding the diversity of the team and implications for ways of working.

  • Being approachable and supportive to colleagues.

  • Demonstrating empathy when colleagues need support.

  • Supporting colleagues to reach goals.

  • Offering advice, guidance, and inspiration when it is needed.

If a leader engenders a sense of belonging and value, empowerment and support within team members, their commitment and ability to reach their full potential is increased dramatically. 

UK Health Security delegates engaging and participating in Forum Theatre led by a facilitator

Our inclusive leadership training seeks to harness the collective wisdom of senior level and team leaders by exploring leadership qualities and behaviour.  Focusing on leaders as role models and standard bearers is key to creating a healthy and inclusive workplace environment. We support strategies that develop empathetic, inclusive leaders to be adaptable and increase performance through building positive relationships and developing talent.  


All our programmes use a range of powerful interactive methods to mirror real situations and challenges and developed in partnership with clients.  Observation of live drama-based training drives discussion and enquiry, providing a unique opportunity for the audience to develop self-knowledge and awareness in a non-judgmental, open learning environment. No acting is required

A typical one-day programme addresses the following learning outcomes:

Developing a talent and maximising team performance 

The role of an ally and active bystander

Identifying leadership styles, building trust and valuing difference 

Creating psychological safety and being aware of and challenging micro-incivilities

Building self-awareness and understanding personal biases and beliefs, to inform better decision-making. 

Becoming a positive role model and advocate for inclusion and wellbeing 

Creating a shared vision to inspire and drive organisational and individual performance

Following the training sessions, a feedback and evaluation report is compiled to ensure the actions highlighted are embedded and the learning is sustained. The report is reflective of the lived experience and perspective of the participants and includes: 

Issues, actions and concerns arising

Reoccurring themes

Consultative results and areas to be addressed

Voting results

Recommendations and actions

Participant feedback

Our reports are anonymous and compiled around individual, team, manager and organisation actions

All of our high impact programmes are able to be delivered face to face or virtually – just let us know your preference! 

What makes an inclusive leader?


“Inclusive leaders get the best out of all their people, helping their organisations to succeed in today’s complex, diverse national and global environment. Through their skills in adaptability, building relationships and developing talent, inclusive leaders are able to increase performance and innovation.”


Inclusive Leadership: Culture Change for Business Success, report by Opportunity Now and Shapiro Consulting

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“Just fantastic. I don't think you could have improved it! Garnett Interactive produced a bespoke piece of theatre for us and delivered this together with a fantastic interactive session”

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