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How leaders can drive diversity

Employers know that diversity and inclusion make good business sense – and it’s down to leaders to make it happen


Business Voice | April 7, 2017


The Business Voice article, “How leaders can drive diversity,” looked at four areas leaders must focus on for diversity initiatives. It featured our research, Diversity and Inclusion #GameChangers. The article is excerpted below.

Diversity is important. That’s why business leaders have incorporated diversity targets into their KPIs, and invest heavily in diversity initiatives.

Yet research by Russell Reynolds Associates has regularly shown that diversity and inclusion must be achieved in tandem - not as independently targeted goals. A holistic approach is required to create a diverse and inclusive culture, led from the top.

Leaders are responsible for a diverse workforce and inclusive culture, Russell Reynolds’ January 2017 survey of more than 2,000 executives revealed. The survey aimed to understand how companies align around diversity and inclusion. Respondents have indicated that leaders are responsible for creating a diverse and inclusive culture, yet consistently say that their own organisations are not doing enough. To embed best practices across the business and accomplish the desired culture change, leaders must be committed to the end goal and be held accountable to deliver it.

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