Why Inclusiveness Matters

Be grateful for whoever comes,

Because each has been sent

As a guide from beyond Rumi

Do you make a practice of seeking common ground when you meet new people? Most of us do, because we know it’s a fast and effective means for building good relationships and close bonds with others.

But there is another way of forming relationships that goes against our natural inclination to find the things we have in common with others, and that is to seek to connect with people who, on the surface, may seem very different from us. Certainly, this is a path that takes us out of our comfort zone but it’s also one with rich rewards.

Someone once asked us (skeptically) about our life in Mexico, saying:

“Do you enjoy living with people from other cultures?

Our response was

“How many people from other cultures do you really know? Because once you do, it will open you to a new way of seeing others and you will come to see yourself in a new way as well.”

Inclusiveness is a huge topic.

Its focus can be on the negative consequences of excluding or stereotyping others such as prejudice, bias, and racism.

Or, its focus can be on the positive aspects of inclusiveness such as the advantages of working with a diverse group of coworkers, appreciation of people regardless of differences, and living in a diverse cultural environment.

What Inclusive People are Like

One of my theories is that inclusive people have high levels of empathy. They

  • Quickly arrive at an understanding of what it is like to be in another person’s shoes.
  • Accurately feel the other person’s emotions and convey that understanding in no uncertain terms. One typical response to empathy is “This person really gets me!”

Here’s the Twist

You write the rest please. In your opinion/experience

  1. Why does inclusiveness matter?
  1. What characterizes people who are inclusive?

 

Please add your view in the comments section. As they come in I will place them in the body of the blog.

 

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About cedricj

I am a licensed psychologist and management consultant and have always been intrigued by how leaders can inspire people in their organizations. The bottom line is that people are not always motivated by material rewards, the use of the carrot or the stick, fear and intimidation,and command and control, Five human needs inspire and drive us. Kristine S MacKain, Ph.D and myself describe these inspirational forces in our book "What Inspirational Leaders Do" (Kindle 2008)
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