During the first lessons of Organizational Leadership 410, I have learned a lot of leadership skills and evaluating topics such as diversity in the workplace. Differences within groups, differences between groups, and talent observations all lead to establishing diversity in the workplace. Organizations that establish and maintain deep rooted diversity bring strong leadership teams to the front line as well as deliver operational excellence.
Evaluating differences within groups leads to drawing attention to areas that have key strengths and improvement options available. These areas within groups often have opportunities to add diversity to bring the best of each employee to the forefront. Challenging team members through different levels of education, gender, and backgrounds can bring a team to the next level of management. Acceptance of the way it always has been will deliver the results you always have got, not drive improvement.
Differences between groups can be just as beneficial through additional diversity in the business. Allowing these individuals to communicate and share ideas between groups can improve company performance and improve the financial outcome. Often, I have found using the cross functional team approach brings a lot of team members, from different backgrounds together for the common goal and objective completion. “Organizations establish workforce diversity programs to promote the hiring, inclusion, and promotion of diverse employees and to ensure that differences are accepted and respected in the workplace” (Daft, 2008, p333). These goals and objectives through cross functional teams often bring greater success than using department teams because of idea sharing and challenging team members through discussions.
Diversity and inclusion will continue to be a key topic of businesses to maintain a successful outcome in years to come. Regardless of gender, race, religion, education, or age it is critical to establish a diverse workforce across all departments including management staff to bring operational excellence.
Richard, D. (2008) The Leadership Experience, Fourth Edition Retrieved from https://www.google.com/books/edition/The_Leadership_Experience/JJ_HuV1KlyQC?hl=en&gbpv=1&dq=example+of+diversity+in+workplace&pg=PA333&printsec=frontcover