New Book, The Five Disciplines of Inclusive Leaders, Features Korn Ferry’s Research-Based Model of How to Lead Inclusively in a Time of Disruption


In a global environment where focus on diversity and inclusion has become increasingly urgent, Korn Ferry (NYSE: KFY) experts have co-authored a new book that is a definitive guide for becoming an inclusive leader and enhancing organizational success.

The Five Disciplines of Inclusive Leaders: Unleashing the Power of All of Us is written by Korn Ferry Senior Client Partner and Global Diversity and Inclusion Strategist Andrés Tapia and Global Leader of Diversity and Inclusion Solutions Alina Polonskaia. They draw on Korn Ferry's massive database of 3 million leadership assessments to reveal the essential qualities of inclusive leaders. They discuss the personality traits these leaders share and detail how to develop what they call the five disciplines of inclusive leadership: building interpersonal trust, integrating diverse perspectives, optimizing talent, applying an adaptive mindset, and achieving transformation.

Tapia and Polonskaia also outline the competencies behind each discipline and the enabling traits required, describe individual and organizational exemplars of inclusive leadership, and show how the five disciplines equip leaders to unleash the power of all people to build both structurally and behaviorally inclusive organizations. This book will help leaders foster the skills to deal with today's complex and unprecedented challenges as well as provide a pathway to create a more inclusive, sustainable, and prosperous future for all their talent.

“Not too long ago the burden of building a culture of diversity and inclusion was falling on HR leaders. Today it’s a mandate led by the CEO involving the entire enterprise,” said Tapia. “It’s not enough for executives to be champions of diversity and inclusion – they actually have to be able to skillfully lead the transformation that creates a lasting impact.”

Beyond the societal and people impact of creating an inclusive culture, the book also points to the financial impact on organizations. Korn Ferry research found that the vast majority (87 percent) of leaders whose companies are on Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies list say diversity and inclusion efforts have a positive effect on business performance. Likewise, 87 percent also say the efforts are a source of competitive advantage.

“The case is clear: whether for altruistic or self-interested reasons, leaders need to design organizations that meet the needs of all their talent,” said Polonskaia. “This exciting movement toward building tomorrow’s equitable organizations is dependent on a new type of leader: the inclusive leader.”

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