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Inclusive Leadership matters

'Diversity is being asked to the party, inclusion is being asked to dance'  Verna Myers

In an inclusive workplace, everyone wins. People who feel included will be motivated and satisfied in their work. Inclusive teams that build and value their diversity are creative and high performing. Inclusive organisations get the best from their people and respond to all needs with greater care and compassion. At the Leadership Academy you can get the support you need to help build an inclusive culture and increase workplace diversity and our Thames Valley and Wessex Leadership Academy offers the kind of support you need to make a difference. 

Building Leadership for Inclusion (BLFI)

Building Leadership for Inclusion (BLFI) is the Leadership Academy’s key programme of work that all our inclusion activity aligns to. The key strategic objectives of the BLFI programme of work are to:

  • Raise the level of ambition on inclusion 
  • Quicken the pace of change towards inclusion
  • Ensure that leadership is equipped to achieve and leave an ever increasing and sustainable legacy of inclusion

Key elements of the programme are:

  • Work with academic partners to ensure a robust evidence base for all our inclusion work.
  • Work through 6 pilot sites across the country to champion the change and develop truly inclusive organisations and health and care systems. 
  • Work of 4 influencer groups (Women, BAME, BGBT+ and Diverse Ability) to place the voices of those with ‘lived experience’ of exclusion at the centre of all strategies for inclusive change.

The BLFI Sharing events

Two events took place in London and Leeds in June 2019 that showcased a number of learnings from the programme so far and included the formal launch of the comprehensive literature review on inclusion from the University of the West of England, “Inclusion: The DNA of Leadership and change”.

More information about the BLFI, the strategic objectives, main workstreams, pilot sites and influencer groups that are driving the work of BLFI please click here

South East Sharing the Learning WebEx 

The South East (TVW and KSS) Sharing the Learning WebEx was held on 4th December 2019. Over 25 people joined us to find out more about the latest work from Building Leadership For Inclusion (BLFI) and to share inspiration and best practice. To view the recording of the webinar click here.   

Face-to-face Inclusion Network at TVW LA

We help to build compassionate and inclusive cultures, by supporting leadership for equality, diversity and inclusion through our TVW LA Inclusion Network. 

  • Open  to anyone  working  in health  and care, voluntary  sector and the wider public, our  Inclusion  Network  offers:
  • Supportive  environment  for sharing  ideas and challenges  in confidencethrough quarterly face-to-face  meetings 
  • Learning  and development  opportunities  helping  you  to build  confidence,  skills and capabilities necessary to influence  change
  • Opportunities to build  and strengthen  relationships  and to promote collaboration  across the  system
  • Insight  into inclusion  initiatives within  the  regionwith educators  and consultants sharing their  work

Join the Inclusion Network now to connect  with people who are involved  in and/or  interested  in promoting  inclusion  and  diversity  and tackling  inequality within  the Thames  Valley  and  Wessex Region and to discuss common issues, compare notes,  talk about challenges  and replicate successful  ways  to tackle them together.  Helping you  refocus your commitment  to inclusion  and equality,  the  network  will  offer you  a sense of belonging. 

Future meeting dates (all to be held in the Newbury area):

  • Tuesday 11th February  2020 - to book your place click here

Online Inclusion Community at TVW LA

The TVW Online Inclusion Network provides a shared source of learning, support, inspiration and influence, for people who are leading change towards more compassionate and inclusive communities in Thames Valley and Wessex. It is open to anyone working in health and care, those in the voluntary sector and the wider public too. If you’re striving to create conditions where everyone feels included and has an equal chance to achieve their best, then this online community is here for you. 
Being part of the network means having a safe and mutually supportive environment for sharing ideas and challenges in confidence. It opens up learning and development opportunities, and it helps build the belief, confidence, skills and capabilities necessary to influence change.

Click here for more information and to join. 


Value Diversity

Diversity is about acceptance and respect for all human beings. Seeing everyone as unique and recognising individual differences.  Beyond simple tolerance, to promoting and celebrating the importance of diversity in the workplace and in all areas of life. 

Inclusion and diversity also provide the platform to promote equality, equity and social justice.

  • Equality, the right for every human being to common dignity and access to the benefits of society, and is enshrined within UK legislation.
  • Equity is a measure of how fairly everyone benefits from those rights, according to their needs.
  • Social Justice requires deliberate and specific action to secure equality and equity.

You can make progress on equality, equity and social justice through your commitment, attention and action on inclusion and diversity.

Inclusion in action

Everyone has the right to be treated fairly, and with dignity and respect in the workplace. Everyone.

  • Being free from harrassment or prejudice.

  • Getting the support you need to do your job.

  • Being treated fairly when it comes to workplace opportunties.

  • Being listened to when you have concerns.


It all makes a difference

Inclusion begins by recognising and accepting that everyone, whoever they are, has needs. It is up to indviduals, teams and organisations to find ways to best understand those needs. To properly respond to those needs, and to embed the learning to create an inclusive culture.

Being an Inclusive Leader

Inclusive Leaders have been shown to have a postive impact on employee engagement, motivation, job satisfaction, creativity, collaboration and performance.

The opportunties to practice inclusive leadership are limitless. Everyday, in your workplace you will be prioritising and planning, making decisions, interacting with others and getting on with your work. Within all these simple acts are the openings to be inclusive. An ongoing process of inquiry and action.

A good starting point for action is to take stock.

Principles: What do you believe in? Is faireness, equality and justice important to you?

Plans: How do you put your principles into practice? What are your priorities?

Practices: What do already do to be inclusive?

People: How are you supporting the people whose needs are currently unmet?

Performance: How are you getting the best from everyone?

Progress: What else could you be doing to make a difference?

Diversity; the new prescription of the NHS


In March 2018, Simon Renshawe, the co-founder of Diversity by Deisgn, published his report with the aim of reframing the debate about diversity in the NHS, for boards and executives of trusts, in terms of the dividends it can deliver for patient health and staff success. 

The purpose of the report was to give boards and executives a framework to:

• link diversity to patient health, staff success and innovation
• understand in local detail the reasons for their Trust’s diversity defi cits
• develop practical changes to the processes of recruitment, promotion and retention
• set different measurements of success in diversity

Click here to read the full report.

Share your inclusion stories with us

We can all learn from the experiences of others. So this section of the website is a space for you to share your examples of inclusion in action.

What did you do? How did you do it? Who was involved?

What was the result? What worked well? What could be improved?

What was the learning? What next?

If you have something you'd like to share please do get in touch with Jayne at

Click here to read Camilla's story - Personal reflections on Brexit. 

Contact Us

Jayne Beresford

Senior Leadership and OD Consultant

07825 448276