The Role of Workplace Leaders Who Champion Workforce Inter-Personnel Diversity



A supportive culture, champions, communication, time, and change are needed to sustain workforce inter-personnel diversity in organizations. Many workforces have undereducated and undertrained employees. For effective change to occur leaders must champion change efforts. Leaders are needed to champion workforce inter-personnel diversity efforts in the workplace. The champions must be dedicated to employee development efforts. They must inspire employees to perform to meet productivity goals; provide leadership that attract followers to help them achieve organization goals; establish realistic job performance criteria; provide appropriate performance incentives; and support competency-based, skill-based, and/or performance-based pay efforts. Champions must expand their view beyond a narrow frame which can become rigid fallacies and block opportunities for success. Extending thought processes beyond the norm can allow HRD professionals to gain credibility and an opportunity to lead more workplace initiatives. Leaders can use their power to establish workforce inter-personnel diversity so that all employees become a part of alliances and networks that have a reputation of success. They can help their followers understand how to work together because of their understanding of symbols of success for the organization. Within workforce inter-personnel diversity initiatives, champions can manage employee efforts using competency, skill, and/or performance-based pay systems so that all employees feel valued by their organizations based on objective measures.


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