What Is Inclusive Leadership & Why Is It Beneficial in Business?

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Senior Keynote Speaker & Entertainment Manager
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An inclusive leader invests in the future success of both their employees and the wider business. Through authentic communication, leadership build a trusting environment where diverse employees can thrive and unite to achieve their shared business goals. Such leaders prioritise a diverse team, equal opportunities, equal contribution, and positive feedback.

Leading with purpose in business, inclusive leadership is a guidance style that grants all members of the workplace a feeling of belonging and value. Inclusive leadership ensures equality in business, as well as enhanced performance, attendance and collaboration. Find out more about inclusive leadership with our helpful FAQs below.

What Is Inclusive Leadership?

An inclusive leader is a senior figure in business who is open to new perspectives and ideas from others. They will listen and take these perspectives into account without any bias. With an appreciation for diversity, these leaders encourage more innovation and motivate their workforce to achieve their full potential.

What Are the Fundamentals of Inclusive Leadership?

Inclusive leadership works hand in hand with diversity. The fundamentals of inclusive leadership include a range of values, attitudes and actions, such as:

  • Welcome a range of approaches, ideas, perspectives, and knowledge from all employees
  • Embrace the differences of people in the workplace – no matter their race, sexuality, ethnicity, age, gender or ability
  • Respect people’s limits and remain considerate of their boundaries
  • Strengthen each individual’s innovation, creativity, and contribution, but above all, make sure that their voice is heard

What Are the Benefits of Inclusive Leadership?

There are many advantages to having inclusive leadership, here are some that will benefit members of a business and the business itself!

  • Enhance productivity and performance
  • Prioritise under-represented groups
  • Boost creativity
  • Better services to customers, clients, and service users
  • Improve teamwork and communication
  • Higher employee retention
  • Increase loyalty
  • A more diverse talent pool

How Does Inclusive Leadership Benefit Employees and Business Performance?

Business performance relies on embracing new perspectives, diversities, and inclusive leadership. Not only does it establish a sense of belonging and confidence among employees, but inclusive leadership also encourages employees to bring their full potential to work.

Research on company culture shows that employees are 9.8 times more likely to look forward to going to work and 35% are more likely to outperform competitors because they have more pride in their work, owing to inclusivity.

Our top inclusive leadership speakers provide a refined picture of inclusivity. A great way to understand inclusive leadership is by booking one of the thought leaders below for your event, to supply insight into the endless possibilities of inclusive leadership.

Who Are the Top Speakers to Hire on Inclusive Leadership?

Discover the top inclusive leadership speakers to hire for your corporate event or conference:

  1. Afua Hagan
  2. Akala
  3. Charlie Martin
  4. JJ Chalmers
  5. Billie Jean King

Book an Inclusive Leadership Expert For Your Event!

To hire a thought speaker on inclusive leadership for your event, contact the Motivational Speakers agency either by phone, at 0207 0787 876, or via our online form.

Chris Tompkins Official Author Picture
Senior Keynote Speaker & Entertainment Manager

Chris Tompkins is a prominent Senior Keynote Speaker & Entertainment Manager at The Motivational Speakers Agency. Having joined the team in October 2019 as an After Dinner Speakers Sales Executive, Chris has swiftly made his mark. His previous roles as a Sales and Service Representative at James Boylan Safety Ltd and an Account Manager at Flogas Britain provided a strong foundation for his current position.


In his time at The Motivational Speakers Agency, Chris has successfully booked speakers for prestigious clients such as GoCardless, the Ministry of Defence, the NHS and Boots. He has collaborated with notable speakers including Jamil Qureshi and Jason Fox, showcasing his ability to connect with top-tier talent. As the agency’s resident expert on diversity and inclusion speakers, Chris has established significant relationships with advocates for equality and social mobility globally. His expertise spans various aspects of diversity, equity and inclusion, from neurodiversity to racial equality.


Outside the office, Chris is equally dedicated. He coaches his son's under-8 football team and enjoys golf, football and quality time with his wife and children. At work, his passion for sports shines through as he also specialises in booking Olympic and Paralympic athletes, footballers, rugby speakers and more. Chris's multifaceted expertise and personal passions make him an invaluable asset to The Motivational Speakers Agency.


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