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Inclusive Leadership: Use Two Simple Letters to Unite Everyone

Common ways that leaders speak can seem harmless yet exclude people and create division. The good news is leaders can change the way they communicate to unite everyone. Try these two simple letters for more inclusive leadership.

Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™

Two Simple Letters Include and Unite Everyone

It’s a simple change with a powerful difference. It’s not tough to do. Add the two simple letters and see the difference. Say human instead of man, humans instead of men, humankind instead of mankind. The message is that everyone is capable of great contribution. Everyone’s needs and voice matters.

These two simple letters are not a frivolous addition. When leaders words sound more inclusive, they unite everyone with the statement “you all matter.” Want to engage all millennials in the workplace? Say humans not men. Want to chip away at gender bias and tap the full potential of the women you’ve hired? Say humans not men. Convention and status quo don’t move a business forward. Inclusive leadership, employee engagement, and morale do!

Two Simple Letters Unite Everyone: Image is the word humanity.

Two Simple Letters Unite Everyone. Image by Archie Conge via Flickr.

Image by Archie Conge via Flickr Creative Commons License.

From my professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™

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2 Responses to “Inclusive Leadership: Two Simple Letters to Unite Everyone | #PeopleSkills”

  1. Khalid says:

    Hi Kate,

    Human unify the diverse workplace we live in. By saying human we also recognize that emotions within can change and each one of us has to know when to tap on what emotion to pull the team rope tighter. The team should recognize that we are human and there are some days when we don’t all perform at the expected level due to other life commitment (be it at work or outside). By sticking to this fragile humanity feature, we can build momentum within the team that is unstoppable.

    Be human… stay human… and act like a human toward united humanity dream 🙂


    • Kate Nasser says:

      Beautifully said Khalid. I especially like your passage by sticking to this fragile humanity feature, we can build momentum within the team that is unstoppable.

      Humanity — just the phrase — can replace so many damaging biases with our common threads.

      Many thanks!

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