Brandon Hall Group’s New Research to Look at Developing Inclusive Leaders

Organizations that invest in developing inclusive leaders benefit from a culture that improves collaboration, innovation, productivity, employee engagement and talent retention.

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Brandon Hall Group, the leading independent HCM research and analyst firm, is launching a new study to identify leading practices for developing inclusive leaders who can drive diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in their organizations.

“Is your organization inclusive? Are your leaders truly inclusive?,” Brandon Hall Group Senior Vice President and Principal HCM Analyst Claude Werder asks. “If you didn’t answer ‘yes’ to having inclusive leaders, then your organization is not inclusive either. Because inclusion starts at the top by leaders setting the tone for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.”

Inclusive leaders are aware of their own biases and are humble enough to acknowledge them. They openly seek to mitigate their biases by getting input from a wide variety of people, and articulate and demonstrate their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and challenge the status quo when necessary. They also seek to understand those around them — including people from different cultures and backgrounds — and listen, empathize and adapt to their points of view. On top of that, they tap into the talents and motivations of their teams to collaborate, empower and inspire.

“Inclusive leadership is not necessarily intuitive, especially to leaders who rose through the ranks in top-down, command-and-control leadership cultures and are now expected to change,” Brandon Hall Group CEO Mike Cooke said. “Taking a class won’t make a leader inclusive. Developing inclusive leaders requires a unique and concerted effort. Leaders must embark on a journey to self-awareness through a variety of experiences that also build humility, empathy and the ability to grow and change.”

Brandon Hall Group’s study will ask responding organizations to identify their practices in developing inclusive leaders and correlate them with increases in key performance indicators to identify best and next practices. Analysts will then create models and frameworks from this research to help organizations improve their inclusive leadership strategies.

To participate in this study, go to Those who complete the research gain immediate access to a Strategy Brief and receive a summary of the results with the study is complete.

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For over 27 years, we have empowered, recognized and certified excellence in organizations around the world influencing the development of over 10,000,000 employees and executives. Our HCM Excellence Awards was the first to recognize organizations for learning and talent and is the gold standard, known as the “Academy Awards of Human Capital Management.”

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Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group Mike Cooke Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Mike Cooke was the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of AC Growth. Mike held leadership and executive positions for the majority of his career, at which he was responsible for steering sales and marketing teams to drive results and profitability. His background includes more than 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, management, and operations in the research, consulting, software and technology industries. Mike has extensive experience in sales, marketing and management having worked for several early high-growth emerging businesses and has implemented technology systems to support various critical sales, finance, marketing and client service functions. He is especially skilled in organizing the sales and service strategy to fully support a company’s growth strategy. The concept of growth was an absolute to Mike and a motivator in starting AC Growth, in order to help organizations achieve research driven results. Most recently, Mike was the VP and General Manager of Field Operations at Bersin & Associates, a global analyst and consulting services firm focused on all areas of enterprise learning, talent management and talent acquisition. Tasked with leading the company’s global expansion, Mike led all sales operations worldwide. During Mike’s tenure, the company has grown into a multi-national firm, conducting business in over 45 countries with over 4,500 multi-national organizations. Mike started his career at MicroVideo Learning Systems in 1992, eventually holding a senior management position and leading all corporate sales before founding Dynamic Minds. Mike was CEO and Co-Founder of Dynamic Minds, a custom developer of software programs, working with clients like Goldman Sachs, Prentice Hall, McGraw Hill and Merrill Lynch. Also, Mike worked for Oddcast, a leading provider of customer experience and marketing solutions, where he held a senior management position leading the company into new markets across various industries. Mike also serves on the Advisory Board for Carbon Solutions America, an independent sustainability consulting and carbon management firm that specializes in the design and implementation of greenhouse reduction and sustainability plans as well as managing the generation of carbon and renewal energy and energy efficiency credits. Mike attended University of Phoenix, studying Business Administration and Finance. He has also completed executive training at the Chicago Graduate School of Business in Chicago, IL.