The world is a very scary place. Being human is a very scary undertaking. There’s a lot that can go wrong out there.
So we think to ourselves, if I become the big boss, if I become the big kahuna, then I won’t be as scared.
And so we work and work and work to rise to the top.
And what do we find when we get there? That we’re JUST as scared as we were before, perhaps even more so.
And why are we *even more* scared? Because being a leader, especially a good leader, requires us to be EVEN MORE HUMAN, not less so.
So no surprise then, that the smart money is now saying that inclusive teams are more effective that non-inclusive teams. The smart money embraces humanity, not runs away from it in fear.
Inclusive teams are not more effective just because somebody decided to mix up race, class, gender, nationality just for the heck of it, just to fill some quota. But that fact that the team was more open to new ideas, perspectives and ways of doing things (i.e. important qualities that help make teams more effective), this led to more people from increasingly diverse backgrounds being hired as a matter of course.
i.e. The inclusive mindset led to the diversity of people, not the other way around.
Let that sink in.