Six Inclusive Habits Guaranteed to Make You An Impactful Leader

Over the years, I’ve learnt the power of consistency and how anyone can use it to achieve anything. 

For example, 

As a mum of 5 kids and a businesswoman, I can tell you for free….

It’s stressful. But here’s my little secret to stay happy and keep fit….

I’m always consistent with the right habits that keep me mentally and physically healthy. 

I go to the gym.

I eat fruits instead of junk food. 

I set out time for personal development.

I walk short distances instead of driving.

As well as many other things. 

It may not seem like a lot but doing these consistently helps me stay strong for my children and business. 

Now, here’s the best part. 

Inclusivity is an important part of being an impactful leader but being inclusive requires effort and consistency. 

In a moment, I’ll share six powerful habits that will help you become a special type of leader. An inclusive leader that accommodates all diversities and creates impact in society. 

These habits will mold you into a leader  that not only produces impact but also creates an accommodating environment for everyone irrespective of race, tribe, ability, religion, sexual orientation or any differences at all. 

Are you ready to make an impact? Then, let’s get to it:

Are you ready to make an impact? Then, let’s get to it:

  1. Ask before you act: This advice is special because not only will it help you with inclusion but your relationships too. You must have heard the golden rule that says “Do unto others as you will do to yourself”. 

But here’s the problem with the golden rule: Your perspective of what is good for you is not always the same as what is good for others. This is why the platinum rule that says: “Treat others the way they want to be treated” is the best. 

Therefore, Ask how people want to be treated before you act.

  • Listen to other perspectives: It’s easy to stay in your comfort zone and listen to yourself and those who agree with you only. But it does you no good. Being inclusive means listening to several opinions and perspectives even those you don’t agree with. This is important because it allows you to understand other perspectives and generate new ones which broadens your worldview and approach to situations. 
  • Ask questions: Honest curiosity always makes people open and you can learn a lot from them. Never be afraid to ask questions when in doubt. 
  • Celebrate others: Being praised and celebrated never gets old. It’s important that people are given the appreciation and recognition they deserve because it motivates them to work even harder. Celebrate the efforts, wins, achievements and promotions of others as often as you can. 
  • Ask for feedback and act on it: No matter how good you are, you can always get better. Always seek to know from others how you can get better. However, it doesn’t end at asking and getting feedback. Making the necessary changes is what matters the most. 
  • Apologize: Nobody’s perfect. Not you. Not me. Because we’ve all made mistakes at some point through our words or actions. It’s important to acknowledge our mistakes when they happen without trying to justify them. Then, Apologize and inquire how you can correct yourself to be better. 

As a leader and DEI specialist, I frequently raise awareness and solutions to problems in the society. One of such problems being the gender gap in the tech industry. 

In a recent article, I highlighted the problems plaguing the tech industry as regards the declining female presence and made recommendations on how diversity and inclusion of women in the tech industry can be achieved. 

Go here to find out all about it. 
P. S: If you have a business with at least 5 employees, make sure you don’t miss out on the benefits of building a diverse and inclusive business. Book a discovery call with me now to know how your business can enjoy these benefits.

Samantha Lubanzu

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