Beyond the Difference

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  • Title: Beyond the Difference: The Importance of Inclusive Leadership
  • Author(s): Grethe Van Geffen
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations
  • Keywords: Inclusive leadership, inclusion, D & I, beyond the difference, exemplary behavior, critical success factors
  • Year: 2018
  • ISBN (hbk): 978-1-61229-982-2
  • ISBN (pbk): 978-1-61229-983-9
  • ISBN (pdf): 978-1-61229-984-6
  • DOI:
  • Citation: Van Geffen, Grethe . 2018. Beyond the Difference: The Importance of Inclusive Leadership. Champaign, IL: Common Ground Research Networks. doi:10.18848/978-1-61229-984-6/CGP.
  • Extent: 132 pages


Day after day, organisations are confronted with new incidents concerning diversity and inclusion. They suddenly find themselves in the frontline of daily news – mostly unprepared. Pressure in society, also from media and politicians, urges them to come up with an immediate, well thought-out response. The majority of today’s leaders did not start their career in a diverse organisation. Nevertheless, they find themselves in the middle of diversity storms. Beyond the Difference is about leadership in a time where values seem to conflict and major societal developments threaten social cohesion. What can leaders do to make progress in a context of paradoxes, uncertainty, and dilemmas? This book supports managers and policy makers toward an effective and successful approach of inclusive leadership in their organisation. It also offers you the tools you need to create an inclusive climate in your organization.