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Inclusive Leadership: A Competitive Advantage

Inclusive Leadership: A Competitive Advantage

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NYU Stern School of Business
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New York, NY 10012

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Inclusive Leadership: A Competitive Advantage


PLEASE NOTE: This program is currently being taught as an In Person class.

This course will be subject to all NYU COVID-19 safety protocols which may include but is not limited to: social distancing, mask wearing,  vaccination and testing requirements, adapting to a Live Online format, or cancellation. We will provide participants with updated information as we receive guidance from the university. 

In today’s rapidly changing global economy, companies that can attract, retain, and develop the best talent are at a competitive advantage -- and that talent is diverse along many dimensions.  At the same time, the pandemic has reset expectations about work, with employees prioritizing respect, fairness, and flexibility. An inclusive culture delivers on these expectations and provides bottom line value.  According to Gartner HR Research, employees who perceive their workplaces as fair perform at a level 26% higher than those who don’t and are 27% less likely to quit.

An inclusive culture requires inclusive leadership. This course guides participants in developing an inclusive leadership mindset, with a focus on leading across differences of multiple types, including gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Through self-reflective exercises, interactive sessions and group work, the course will move from building awareness of practices that foster diversity and inclusion to helping participants create an inclusive leadership plan; the results will give your organization a competitive advantage attracting, retaining and advancing top talent.  

Thought Leadership & Resources

Download: Breaking the Barriers to Workplace Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Professors Anne Weisberg and Linda Basch share their teaching methodology and why they believe middle managers hold the keys to more inclusive and equitable workplaces. Download Resource

Certificates and Credits

Upon completion of this course, participants will receive a Certificate of Achievement.

Program Takeaways

During this course, participants will:

  • Understand Difference

    Become aware of the implicit assumptions you are making about individuals – their identity, their aspirations, their potential – and how to move past assumptions to understand difference.
  • Business Case for Diversity & Inclusion

    Understand how diversity and inclusion will improve your team’s performance and give your company a competitive advantage.
  • Your Inclusive Leadership Plan

    Develop your own 6-month inclusive leadership action plan, which will begin on your first day back in the office and will serve as a roadmap for creating diverse, inclusive and effective teams within your organization.

Who Should Attend

Although there are no formal education or background requirements, this course is designed for executives who meet the criteria below. While we strongly encourage global participation, please note that all courses are taught in English. Proficiency in written and spoken English is required.

  • Years of Experience

    This course is designed for professionals with 5+ years of work experience.
  • Job Functions

    Ideal for frontline managers or team leaders at all levels who make decisions around hiring, roles and assignments, and performance evaluation.
  • Prerequisites

    Intended for all professionals who want to improve their ability to recruit, retain and develop a diverse workforce.


The following agenda is a sample and subject to change.

9:00 - 10:30 am ET: Session 1: Understanding Difference

  • Unconscious bias and in-group preference
  • Covering and un-covering identities
  • Microaggressions and microaffirmations

10:30 - 10:45 am ET: Break

10:45 - 12:15 pm ET: Session 2: The Impact of Difference on Talent Decisions

  • Recruiting and hiring
  • Retention and development
  • Advancement and Leadership

12:15 - 1:15 pm ET: Lunch Break

1:15 - 2:45 pm ET: Session 3: The Business Case for Diversity

  • Knowing and growing your markets
  • Promoting Innovation
  • Creating a stronger talent pool

2:45 - 3:00 pm ET: Break

3:00 - 4:30 pm ET: Session 4: The Business Case for Inclusion

  • Higher engagement
  • Higher retention
  • Positive talent brand

9:00 - 10:30 am ET: Session 5: Identifying & Embodying Inclusive Leadership

  • Traits and behaviors of inclusive leaders
  • Creating a psychologically safe environment

10:30 - 10:45 am ET: Break

10:45 - 12:15 pm ET: Session 6: Understanding Your Context

  • What and whom can you influence?
  • Who are your allies?
  • How will you use your network?

12:15 - 1:15 pm ET: Lunch Break

1:15 - 2:45 pm ET: Session 7: Asserting Your Leadership: Creating Your Inclusive Leadership Plan

  • Setting goals and action steps
  • Creating an inclusive leadership tool kit
  • Building accountability and support

2:45 - 3:00 pm ET: Break

3:00 - 4:30 pm ET: Session 8: Sharing and Refining Your Inclusive Leadership Plan

  • Identify how you will measure progress
  • Get feedback from others in the course
  • Refine and finalize your plan

Program Conclusion and Evaluations

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Elaine Wood
Inspiration: How to Move the Needle on Inclusion!

i highly recommend this executive course on Inclusive Leadership. Anne and Linda are knowledgeable and expert in their fields and also bring practical real world experience to the table. The materials are interesting and designed to ignite lively debate and discussion - which they do! In my session, the audience quickly became a part of the curriculum: I found connection and insights from my fellow class participants - and a network that I still reach out to today. The course also provided materials and statistics that are useful in making the case internally and with clients I counsel: diversity and inclusion drive growth and innovation - DEI goals make commercial sense. The course gave me the both the insight and the strategy to drive the growth forward! Thank you Anne and Linda!

Laura Espriu
An insightful learning experience

Enrolling in this program was an insightful learning experience that helped to increase my perspective on this topic. The breadth of knowledge, examples, and research that Anne and Linda bring is refreshing and inspiring. The discussions and reflections among the group are also very strong and powerful.

I recommend this program to anyone who is looking to go deeper in their knowledge about how inclusive leadership can be a strong competitive advantage.