Diversity Leadership: Empowering to Make a Difference

By Susmita Murthy and Myra Dingman.

Published by The International Journal of Organizational Diversity

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Diversity and inclusion are often identified as key drivers for business performance. It is an area that is transforming how human capital professionals demonstrate value for organizations and clients. Yet the power of what diversity can do for an organization is not well understood. Embracing diversity means more than changes in hiring patterns. Diversity needs to be intentional. Not only does diversity need to be intentional, it needs to be the heart and soul of a culture. From the moment a new hire joins the organization to the vision cast by the leader, diversity must be communicated in an individual’s values, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. As a collective, diversity must link the daily processes, methodologies, and decisions that empower the workforce to explore, create, and innovate in every aspect of their job. Understanding the impact of diversity in organizations lies in recognizing that there are various faces of diversity, each of which impacts organizational effectiveness and change. This paper will explore the story of diversity: the traditional view, cognitive diversity, and experiential diversity. The central premise of this presentation is that organizational leaders who promote self-directed learning and empowerment at all levels of their organization are harnessing diversity leadership. Diversity leadership combines the powerful concepts of diversity, empowerment, innovation, and leadership to bring about sustained organizational change.

Keywords: Diversity, Leadership, Creativity, Innovation, Organizational Change

International Journal of Organizational Diversity, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp.25-33. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 308.083KB).

Dr. Susmita Murthy

Specialist Master, Federal Human Capital, Deloitte Consulting, Herndon, VA, USA

Susmita Murthy has a Ph.D. in psychology and over 12 years of professional research and consulting experience at seven US federal agencies. A trained qualitative researcher, Dr. Murthy has both research and project management experience. Her areas of interest are leadership development, diversity, creativity, and health care outreach for minority populations. She worked on initiatives to expand the capacity for effective nationwide health information adoption. She managed Project Management Office (PMO) operations for the American Red Cross BioArch Program in support of over 200 resources, and helped build out the PMO for the NBS Program at the National Institutes of Health. She helped design, develop, and implement a cutting edge leader development program for the Marine Corps Intelligence, United States Marine Corps.

Dr. Myra Dingman

Specialist Master, Federal Human Capital, Deloitte Consulting, Virginia Beach, VA, USA

Myra E. Dingman is a specialist master and certified executive coach with Deloitte Consulting LLP and has over 12 years of professional experience in organizational behavior, coaching, mentoring, and leader development. Dr. Dingman holds a B.S. in mathematics, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in organizational leadership. She has launched and edited online journals, including the International Journal of Leadership Studies and the Journal of Practical Consulting, while serving on the editorial board of the Journal of Strategic Leadership and moderating a coaching research forum. She is a former manager, marketing director and university professor, and has published four book chapters. She appeared in the Global CEO, Effective Executive and Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, and has presented at numerous conferences on her research in executive coaching and leadership.