Xpert Spotlight: Tayo Rockson
The answer to the popular question “how to be a leader” is quite simple. You achieve it by getting things done.
On the other hand, inclusive leaders are people who have some traits common to every one of them. They help promote diversity among people in their teams, and they allow for more innovation, as well. As a leader, how many of these leader-like traits do you believe you have?
A Deloitte Australia study which included inclusive leaders from Australia, parts of Asia, and North America shows that a leader is known for possessing six fundamental traits which create team diversity. Managers with these traits are always more engaged in their work, they are effective with every culturally diversified stakeholder, and they also allow access to a broad spectrum of ideas and perspectives to all other leaders, which improves their decision-making process, allowing for better innovation and future anticipation.
There is no CIO that doesn’t want to develop in those areas, to be honest. The approaches inclusive leaders use are various, depending on their culture, but Tayo Rockson, a famous Zeqr specialist on being an inclusive leader agrees that six characteristics can easily suggest how to be a leader, as well as what makes up every inclusive leader’s framework:
- Cognizance of bias
- Cultural intelligence
Tayo Rockson is a cross-cultural expert, speaker and activist committed to helping individuals and organisations become more culturally aware. His work has been featured in both Forbes and Entrepreneur magazine as well as many other renowned publications.
For him, commitment and courage are by far the most important aspects of being a leader. In addition to a belief in the business case, leaders are driven by their values, including a deep-seated sense of fairness that, for some, is rooted in personal experience. Inclusive leaders believe creating a welcoming culture begins with them, and they possess a strong sense of personal responsibility for change. When executives devote time, energy, and resources to nurturing inclusive workforces — by investing in people and inspiring others to share their passion and goals — their actions signal a true commitment.
Inclusive leaders demonstrate courage in two ways. First, they aren’t afraid to challenge entrenched organizational attitudes and practices that yield homogeneity, even if their recommendations are politically or culturally unpopular. Nor are they afraid to display humility by acknowledging their personal limitations and seeking contributions from others to overcome them. Some leaders find it difficult to admit they don’t have all the answers; in that respect, courage and humility go hand in hand.
Rockson is offering a handful of free classes, providing Zeqrs with advice on how individuals can build their cultural competency levels to become global leaders, incorporating globalisation into their business strategies. He believes that global leadership is more important than it has ever been and that people cannot lead, motivate and inspire their colleagues if they’re not able to create inclusive environments. Inclusive leaders like Tayo understand that, for collaboration to be successful, team members need to share their perspectives.
To that end, they create an environment in which all individuals feel empowered to express their opinions freely with the group.
They also realize that diversity of thinking is critical to effective collaboration; thus, they pay close attention to team composition and team processes. For example, they prevent teams from breaking into subgroups, which can weaken relationships and create conflict.
They also adopt a sense of “one team” by creating a group identity and shared goals, and by working to ensure team members understand and value each other’s knowledge and capabilities.
Rockson commented: “I’m going to be sharing my expert knowledge on how to be an inclusive leader in the 21st century. So why is this so important? Given the impact of globalisation and digitalisation, we come across different cultures on a daily basis. I can help you leverage these differences, enabling people to use their individual talents to both their advantage and yours, ultimately increasing your bottom line.”
To learn more about Tayo Rockson’s background and to apply for a session with him, visit his class page. Rockson is offering several free sessions, so don’t miss out!
If Rockson’s class has inspired you to share your own expertise with Zeqr’s global hub of knowledge seekers, read more about how to create and promote insightful and enticing classes or register here. Follow Tayo on Twitter.