Today's global marketplace has caused the borders between countries to function in a fluid manner. To that end, the dimensions of diversity have moved beyond race and gender and now include many identifiers that are both visible and invisible to the naked eye including, but not limited to, religion, education, family status, sexual orientation, and culture. In order to effectively respond to the needs of their diverse audience, leaders must demonstrate inclusive behavior in a manner that is easily recognizable by anyone who is exposed to them. The leadership model, Goodwill, Results, Authenticity, Connectivity, and Empowerment (GRACE), is universal, user friendly and designed to measure inclusive leadership regardless of industry. It provides a platform for assessment to occur in a manner that is concise and comprehensive regardless of who is leveraging the tool. This paper discusses the GRACE model in detail, the benefits of using it and how it measures up to other leadership models in the marketplace.
Dr. Davis was born in Guyana and lived there until 11 when her family moved to Brooklyn, New York. With 25 years of professional experience, she has developed a diverse set of skills and refined her expertise in Strategic Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion, and H.R. Management. Marcelle has helped organizations collect and analyze workforce and recruiting metrics, evaluate business landscapes and develop and execute strategic plans to ensure diversity and inclusion are integrated into their policies and practices. Marcelle is also a graduate course writer and instructor in Leadership, Cross-Cultural Management and Diversity in Organizations. She is a principal in the consulting firm Partners for Change where they specialize in Strategic Planning, Organizational Culture, Leadership Coaching, Diversity & Inclusion and Performance Management. As an expert in her field, Marcelle speaks at conferences about the importance of having a seat at the table, leveraging diversity, and challenging the status quo. In December, Marcelle successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Measuring Inclusive Leadership with GRACE" and graduated in May with her Doctorate in Strategic Leadership.