Because of their enormous impact on the U.S. workforce, we are currently focusing on inclusive leadership development for front line leaders in the construction and engineering industries.
Note: This focus in no way takes away the need for senior leaders in these industries from doing their work on creating inclusion and belonging at work. Both C-suite and front line leaders in these industries need support as inclusive leaders.
We have developed two parallel programs that teach the same competencies/behaviors in two different ways:
- A cohort (learning group) and blended learning program that involves asynchronous (learners watch videos and do exercises on their own time at their own pace) digital learning micro-modules coupled with cohort-based coaching meetings led by skilled Inclusion coaches/facilitators.
- An in-person or virtual 6-hour “Inclusive Leader Workshop” that can be conducted all at once or over the course of two days.
- Gain a practical understanding of the definitions of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging and how front line leaders in construction can demonstrate an awareness of their importance.
- Develop a deeper understanding of identity and how each person has their own story of who they are and the dimensions of identity that are important to them.
- Provide a fundamental understanding of the business case for diversity.
- Learn to apply the six inclusive leadership skills of front-line leaders.
- Understand the connection between identity and implicit bias (we all have implicit bias).
- Practice conducting staff and construction site meetings that exemplify inclusive leadership.
- Learn new methods to communicate and build relationships across difference.
- Practice intervening for inclusion.
- Practice conducting courageous conversations.
- Learn to lead with an equity framework.