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Why do we need inclusive leadership?

Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019 Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019 Time: 07:45 - 09:15 Location: Gusto, 16 Bothwell St, Glasgow G2 6NU

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Why do we need inclusive leadership?

At our first breakfast of 2019 we welcomed back Jane Gotts co-founder and Director of GenAnalytics Ltd, a data insights consultancy focused on diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Jane set the scene and talked about how in these challenging and uncertain times there has never been a greater need for good leadership across our businesses and economy. We now have 5 generations integrated within our workforce:

  • Traditionalists—born before 1946
  • Baby Boomers—born between 1946 and 1964
  • Generation X—born between 1965 and 1976
  • Generation Y, or Millennials—born between 1977 and 1997
  • Generation Z—born after 1997

This creates significant opportunities but at the same time challenges which need to be overcome. Jane explained ‘it’s the leaders that recognise this, that will get the best from their people and therefore retain the best talent.”

Jane moved on to discuss the big disability employment gap and the high percentage of gender and ethnic imbalance in Scotland. She then asked the question, “What can business do to change this?” One idea she cited was for business to engage with the diverse and wide talent pool available and not to narrow your choice when employing. She also suggested that a diverse work force, equals a happier workplace.

Jane opened up the floor to a busy Q&A session where the topic of pay gaps (i.e. BBC) and bullying at board level (i.e. RBS) were discussed – both clearly not helping promote or support inclusive leadership! The audience also discussed how people now, work several jobs well beyond the retirement age – the days of a fixed retirement date are becoming less common!

Jane finished on this bit of advice:

Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance!

Thanks to Jane for an interesting and often ignored topic.

Next month don’t miss double act Ian Kerr (Founder and Managing Director) and Cary Hendricks (Global Operations Director) from Glasgow based ID Cyber Solutions to the Breakfast, when they cover Cyber Attacks – Fighting Crime on the Screens! Book Now 7th March

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