Leveraging Diversity

Within one’s employment role, leads, manages, and promotes an inclusive workplace that maximizes the talents of each person to achieve the vision and mission of the organization.

Key Behaviors
  • Recognizes and adjusts communication and behavior to promote and sustain a safe, diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible workplace based on an understanding of individual differences.
  • Builds and sustains an organization where all individuals are valued, respected, and engaged as members of the organization regardless of individual differences (e.g., race, gender, age, ethnicity, physical abilities, sexual orientation, religion).
  • Recognizes and promotes inclusion of individuals from different cultures, background, and abilities.
  • Builds collaborative and mutually beneficial working relationships with people regardless of their individual differences.
  • Utilizes an understanding of individual differences to communicate with, influence, and manage individuals (e.g., resolving conflict, building teams) throughout the organization.
  • Promotes a collaborative workplace environment where diverse thoughts, experiences, and perspectives are safely and equitably shared, respected, and integrated.
  • Ensures all employees are aware of and have access to applicable reasonable accommodations.
  • Seeks opportunities to educate self and others to increase awareness and acceptance of individual differences.
  • Develops and regularly reviews implementation of policies, procedures, and values that ensure equitable outcomes.
  • Recruits, develops, and retains a diverse, high-quality workforce in an equitable manner.
  • Holds oneself and others accountable for recognizing and addressing incidents of explicit and implicit bias.

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