Leadership in the global economy is more nuanced than ever before and requires a greater degree of acumen. Even if some local organizations do not directly conduct business internationally, the people they employ and the people they serve will increasingly hail from a variety of demographic cultures, ethnicities and nationalities. The basic leadership competencies of the past are not enough to successfully prepare people for the challenges of the future. The pace of change is intensifying at a dizzying rate. Leaders are now responsible for engaging not 4 but 5 generations with distinct age related viewpoints. Migration patterns and birth rates are diversifying the ethnic and racial composition of the workforce. Women are graduating at higher rates than men and entering the workforce in greater numbers. Organizational advancement in the current landscape demands superior performance. Cultural intelligence and leadership agility are an absolute necessity for effectively conducting business in a globalized world.
Leaders today need to have exemplary skills in strategic innovation, managing change, critical thinking, dealing with ambiguity, cultivating a variety of diverse talents, systems thinking, exercising flexibility and inspiring diverse groups to action. These skills are not generally intuitive, yet they can be acquired.
The Diversity Management Program strives to create empowered cross culturally prepared leaders who can contribute to the organizational and financial success of their workplaces and communities.
The mission of the Diversity Management Program is to facilitate the professional transformation of its leaders. By creatively disrupting the conventional approach to leadership development the program provides a distinct advantage to its students. It develops highly qualified, visionary leaders and provides a platform for taking their organizational capabilities to the next level.
The program achieves its mission by teaching participants how to:
- Identify their own blind spots
- Push beyond their self-perceived limitations
- Challenge assumptions
- Unravel complexity
- Develop creative problem solving skills
- Cultivate inclusion in order to fully realize organizational goals
- Explore novel ways of engaging with others
- Increase cross cultural agility
- Present themselves, think and behave in a manner that positively impacts organizational success