As a member of the Forbes Coaches Council, Sheryl Lyons served as an expert on a recent panel and offered one of the “Six Ways to Encourage Leaders to Better Embrace Diversity”.

Celebrate Behaviors that Promote Diversity

Behavior that is recognized gets repeated, so the key is to celebrate desired behavior as soon as you see it. For leaders to embrace diversity, they have to see it from their own leader, believe in its benefits, be equipped to succeed and be held accountable for their results.

— Sheryl Lyons, MBA, CMC

Culture Spark Founder & President

This month, Sheryl is expanding on the Benefits of Creating a Diverse Workforce with a full length article.  Here are the key takeaways:

  • Diverse teams produce 19% more revenue.
  • Companies that prioritize diversity develop more relevant and innovative products.
  • Diversity must be followed by inclusivity at all decision making levels to maximize performance.
  • Teams that follow an inclusive process make decisions twice as fast with half the meetings.
  • Decisions made and executed by diverse teams delivered 60% better results.

“Culture is the sum of our collective behaviors. It’s how we treat one another. It is how leaders treat each other and their people. So the innovative and financial benefits of diversity start with a company mindset and commitment to day-to-day behaviors that foster diversity and cultivate a culture where team members feel respected, valued and confident in their contributions.”

Click here to read the full article and to better understand the role company leaders play in fostering diversity and inclusivity within their corporate cultures.

The best workforce is a diverse workforce.

— Ted Colbert, Boening’s CIO

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