Inclusive Leadership

Inclusive Leadership encompasses known, consensus-driven decision-making practices where all community members (students, families, staff, and the wider community) actively participate in crucial decisions. It prioritizes students facing opportunity disparities in schoolwide choices and shares the “ability to influence” with key influencers across the school community, promoting collaborative, equitable, and empowered decision-making.

Statements Depicting the Ideal Pursuit of a School

  • Decision-making practices are well-known and used, and incorporate consensus-building processes.
  • All community members (students, families, staff, and the wider community) contribute to crucial decisions.
  • Students facing opportunity disparities are centered in all schoolwide decisions.
  • Leadership is defined as the “ability to influence” and is shared with key influencers within and throughout the school community.


“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.”- Maya Angelou

“Inclusive leadership is like good cooking: you need a chef (inclusive leader) who knows how to choose good ingredients (diversity) and how to combine them using a good recipe (inclusion).”- Thais Compoint

“As a leaders, it is important to not just see your own success, but focus on the success of others.”- Sundar Pichai

“Inclusivity means not ‘just we’re allowed to be there’, but we are valued. I’ve always said: smart teams will do amazing things, but truly diverse teams will do impossible things.”- Claudia Brind-Woody

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