What does it take to inspire others, promote a novel idea, or even have a difficult conversation? How can you position yourself as a leader through inclusive communication? How do you know that the message you are intending to send is what is being received? Join Catalyst experts to explore this topic and the important role communication plays in inclusive leadership.

About the course

All too often, we struggle to communicate effectively—particularly with others who are different from us in some way. This course will show you how the most effective communication utilizes the inclusive leadership mindset of Empowerment, Accountability, Courage, and Humility and guide you on how to use that mindset yourself. Through research and real-world examples, you will learn strategies to enhance your communication skills and approach. Topics will include understanding dialogue processes, debunking everyday communication myths, testing assumptions, listening, expressing yourself authentically, and communicating across differences. With short quizzes, compelling case studies, and engaging videos, you will develop knowledge in each section and share your experience with other learners.

Throughout the course, you will create a plan of action to help apply the strategies learned in this course to your work and other parts of your life.

What you will learn

By the end of this course, you will know:

  • Approaches, frameworks, and tools for communicating effectively.
  • How inclusive leadership and effective communication are intertwined.
  • How to work through everyday communication roadblocks.
  • Strategies to create space for transparent and authentic communication, where people across differences feel safe to speak up and share ideas.
  • Discover your own communication strengths to build effective relationships in your professional or personal lives.

About the instructors

Dnika J. Travis, PhD, specializes in organizational change, leadership and communication effectiveness, and workforce diversity and inclusion. In her position, Dnika is responsible for leading Catalyst research on the advancement and inclusion of women of color in the workplace. She is a Center Leader for the Catalyst Research Center for Corporate Practice where she distinguishes sound talent management strategies from programmatic fads and documents the best practices. In her position, she leads the Center’s research agenda, conceptualizes and develops methodologies, as well as conducts analyses for the Center’s global projects.

Alixandra Pollack conducts research on organizational practices, examining diversity and inclusion efforts, change models, and the career experiences of women and men throughout the talent pipeline. As a member of the Catalyst Research Center for Corporate Practice, Alix focuses on corporate change strategies and the role of organizational and societal culture in creating inclusive workplaces. She has a strong focus on global work and cross-cultural themes, in particular through her management of the Culture Matters Research series and lead role in extending research to Mexico and other emerging markets.

Jeff Barth is the Program Director of MARC (Men Advocating Real Change), an online learning community created especially for professional men who are committed to building inclusive workplaces. In this role he is principally responsible for the development, implementation, and marketing of MARC’s strategy and initiatives aimed at empowering individuals to become inclusive leaders and powerful forces for change in the workplace.

Duration: 4 weeks, 1-2 hours per week

Language: English

Instructors: Dnika J. Travis, Alixandra Pollack, and Jeff Barth

Institution: Catalyst