Driving Inclusion Through Trust

We can and should focus on equipping leaders, both local and global, to help those that feel excluded in a way that forges connections.

By Rick Haythornthwaite

When I last shared thoughts on this site, my comments focused on the importance of building and maintaining “trust.” In that brief piece, there was an exploration on the importance and weight of those five simple letters. It is necessary and expected that each party involved in an action or transaction should see, believe in and deliver on a shared commitment.

As we begin a new year, I’ve taken some time to reflect on what the world has witnessed – and learned – over the course of the past 12 months and how it might impact trust and efforts to drive more inclusion.

The first, and perhaps most obvious, is that deep divisions across society have burst to the surface with the disillusioned, disenfranchised and generally discontented not only discovering a voice but also using it to powerful effect. What is clear is that barriers between different and distinct social groups is not what is expected across geographies or across cultures.

Image: Hower Center.
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