Leveraging Diversity

Leads and manages an inclusive workplace that maximizes the talents of each person to achieve the vision and mission of the organization.

Key Behaviors:

  • Treats all individuals with respect regardless of individual differences (e.g., race, gender, age, ethnicity, physical capabilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, religion)
  • Develops a knowledge and understanding of different cultures and backgrounds
  • Builds collaborative and mutually beneficial working relationships with people regardless of their individual differences
  • Modifies communication and behavior based on an understanding of individual differences
  • Utilizes an understanding of individual differences to communicate with, influence, and manage individuals (e.g., resolving conflict, building teams) throughout the organization
  • Recognizes and communicates the value of diverse perspectives
  • Fosters an environment of inclusion, where diverse thoughts are freely shared, respected and integrated
  • Helps others increase their awareness and acceptance of individual differences
  • Develops policies, procedures and values that encourage awareness and acceptance of diversity
  • Recruits, develops, and retains a diverse, high quality workforce in an equitable manner

Developmental opportunities for this competency are available from the NIH Training Center.