December 1, 2021

Discussing the Benefits of Inclusive Leadership, with Sara Taylor

Episode 107:

Discussing the Benefits of Inclusive Leadership

What You Will Learn:

In this unique episode of What’s The Difference, you’ll hear audio from a panel at the Stevens Institute of Technology about the benefits of inclusive leadership, in which we discussed Cultural Competence as a business skill, when it is and isn’t appropriate to point out the “differences that make a difference,” and why context is vital. Hear insights about:

  • Why developing your Cultural Competence is a key business skill that goes far beyond “knowing when to kiss, bow, or shake hands”
  • Sara shares a story of being asked to point her husband out in a group and relates why people often become uncomfortable pointing out differences such as race
  • Why the only time we should be identifying people by the “differences that make a difference” is when that difference is relevant to the situation
  • Why preventing difficult situations and creating a more Inclusive environment is more effective than reacting to uncomfortable situations when they arise
  • Why relying on research-based models is the key to developing your Cultural Competence skills and fostering an Inclusive work culture
  • What benefits of inclusive leadership your organization can expect by doing the hard but necessary DEI work
  • What difficult experiences Sara has had with regards to interacting across differences, both as part of the dominant and non-dominant groups
  • Why it’s important to avoid falling into a “savior” mentality if you are part of the dominant group in your workplace


About Sara Taylor

Sara Taylor earned a master’s degree in Diversity and Organizational Development from the University of Minnesota. She served as a leadership and diversity specialist at the University of Minnesota for five years and as director of diversity and inclusion for Ramsey County, Minnesota for three years.

Sara is the founder and president of deepSEE Consulting and has worked with companies as large as Coca-Cola, General Mills, 3M Company, AARP, and numerous others. She has a new book, “Filter Shift: How Effective People See the World,” that explores how our unconscious is actually making choices and decisions for us, all without our knowing — and how to change that.


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