Multicultural and Inclusive Leadership

ORG LP787 - Multicultural and Inclusive Leadership

Credits: 3

The 21st-century leader faces a society where continual and rapid change is the norm. Communities, schools, and workplaces are increasingly diverse in race, ethnicity, class, gender, and religious beliefs to name a few. At the same time, long-standing barriers of racism and other forms of oppression remain deeply embedded in our society and creates unequal outcomes for followers. This environment requires leaders to better understand the multicultural and layered reality of all, become more self-aware, culturally proficient, and inclusive. Going forward, leaders must use their power and influence to inspire and shape models for change that removes systemic obstacles and facilitates growth and achievement for all.

This course will examine what constitutes effective and inclusive leadership in diverse cultures. Theory and practical applications presented equip students with the skills to lead effectively across cultural differences. Students will examine how their own experiences shape their ability to notice and skillfully work with multiple facets of diversity, including: age, race, ethnicity, religion, physical ability, sexual and gender orientation, and gender. Students will be able to devise organizational strategies that anticipate the increasing diversity of the workforce.