What do inclusive leaders do differently?

There are several ongoing research projects at MRG. One project that I really enjoy working on is our series on leadership best practices. Not only do we search for insights that will help leaders increase their effectiveness, but we can identify the nuances of effective leadership by exploring best practices for specific groups, industries and areas of effectiveness.

After conducting several of these studies, I’ve learned that one of the most amusing aspects of the work is testing your predictions. We all think we know what good leadership looks like, but the real answer is in the data.

Our most recent best practices study explored the behaviors most closely associated with being effective at inclusive leadership. We hypothesized that inclusive leaders would have a tendency to emphasize relational behaviors in general. While we were on the right track with our prediction, we learned that the most inclusive leaders don’t just relate to people well, they relate to people in a caring way. They show concern, value others, are willing to help and appreciate the interdependence of individuals within an organization.

It turns out that inclusive leaders do more than just bring people together; they do so in a way that appears genuine and born out of a real desire to get others involved. These leaders are a true asset in a world where competition is often present but where our best work is created through collaboration.

See all the behaviors that distinguish inclusive leaders in our Best Practice Report.

Browse more Best Practice Reports in the MRG Research Library.

About the author

Maria is Head of Research at MRG. She loves a challenge and often gets a little too excited about running new studies. She finds peace and balance by cooking (as long as her husband is doing the cleaning) or being anywhere near the ocean.

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