Reimagining diversity and inclusiveness in an era of disruption
To thrive in disruption, a culture in which people team and lead inclusively will help organizations tap into the vast potential of a diverse workforce. Establishing the organizational structures and governance necessary, to drive accountability for impact, will be the defining features of inclusive and successful leadership. In many global organizations today, abundant differences naturally exist. However, there may be a tacit expectation that everyone adapt to the dominant behavioral culture — sidelining many of the benefits that may be realized from recognizing and celebrating all differences. To be successful in a changing environment, a high level of self-awareness at all levels of the organization is a critical enabler. Actively and purposefully seeing and pursuing the benefits of our differences will require a concerted and institutionalized effort.
In addition to the strategies mentioned throughout this paper, leaders can explicitly ask themselves and their teams, “Is this a preference, tradition or requirement?” Examining criteria and decisions through this exercise can disrupt our natural tendencies, surfacing the unintended biases that may be underlying certain processes and facilitating self-reflection.
While change will not happen overnight, 2018 can be the start of a sustainable path toward new organizational norms that fully enable the breadth of employee talent to propel us onward.
 OECD, “Digital Economy Outlook,” 2017.
 OECD, “Digital Economy Outlook,” 2017
Further contributors to this article: Rebecca Hiscock-Croft - EY Global Government and Public Sector, Lisa White - EY Diversity & Inclusiveness and Prianka Srinivasan - EYQ