Inclusive Leadership for Graduate Success

Unitec students have a unique opportunity to explore and practice inclusive leadership in their programmes of study. Inclusive leadership has been viewed as a particularly important factor that influences creativity and innovation in organizations (Mumford & Hunter, 2005; Shalley & Gilson, 2004; Woodman, Sawyer, & Griffin, 1993). 

Outstanding leaders create a climate where people are engaged, feel valued, respected and connected.   They are fully included in decisions and processes and actively contribute new ideas and ways of improvement.  Inclusive leaders utilise emotional intelligence and knowledge of the value of diversity to leverage their colleagues and peers overall effectiveness and contributions. Inclusive leaders can lead and manage global and diverse teams where inclusion and empowerment are priorities.

The aim of this post is to provide resources, and support to programme development teams to consider inclusive leadership in their own context.  A successful output will be the development of an inclusive leadership outcome for the programme graduate profile, and integration into course learning outcomes, and assessment activities. 

By the end of this session you will be able to:

Knowledge: To understand the concepts and principles of inclusive leadership.

Skills: Develop a graduate outcome to support student engagement with inclusive leadership in your programme.

Values: Commit to providing students to with the knowledge, skills and attributes to ensure success in their first five years of work.

People: Collaborate effectively with students, stakeholders and the programme development team members.

Learn: Access, evaluate and share resources which develop inclusive leadership understanding in your programme of study.

Integrate: Embed inclusive leadership graduate outcomes in course learning outcomes and assessments.  



Inclusive leaders can serve as role models for creative behaviors and higher performance from work teams.They can provide resources including time, funding, and information necessary for the creative endeavor .  Inclusive leaders can invigorate and energize their colleagues and peers to be more creative. They can support creative behavior by providing relational support to others and finally they can influence employee creativity by shaping the climate of the team or organisation. Read more....


Edwin Hollander wrote Inclusive Leadership in his 2008 book. Find out more here...


TMC have developed management training solely around the themes of inclusive leadership. Find out more here....


To fully integrate inclusive leadership into your programme of study, you will need to craft a graduate profile statement. To help you do this we have provided some sample statements from other institutions.  You will find the resources here.....

We have developed these questions to prompt your thinking about inclusive leadership in your profession or vocation. 



  1. What are the current trends in inclusive leadership in the workplace of your graduates?
  2. How does your vocation or professional body view diversity and cultural understanding?

  3. What practices are emerging in your vocation or profession? 

  4. What international standards are in place to support inclusive leadership in your vocation or profession?

  5. How does an expert in your profession or vocation demonstrate inclusive leadership?

  6. What technologies do inclusive leaders use?

Once you have developed a graduate profile statement you will need to embed it into your course learning outcomes and assessments. We have resources and training which will support your staff.  See our resource on Designing courses for significant learning.


You may like to take time to consider ideas of inclusive leadership and how it will help your students succeed in the first five years of work. To do this you will need to consult with graduates and employers. You current students will benefit from a clear explanation of the need for inclusive leadership in their career and you may like to include this in your student handbook and make it available on your programme site.


To ensure you have the information you need to make good decisions about inclusive leadership understanding you will need to work closely with students, graduates, employers, and professional bodies. We advise you to set up a consultation project, and survey your stakeholders to gather key information and ideas about information skills.


You will find a centralised and accessible knowledge base which support inclusive leadership valuable to both staff and students. You could do this through a Moodle site, or any other social network. The key is to have a knowledge based that is accessible and to which staff and students can contribute resources.


Once you have created your inclusive leadership graduate outcome, it should be embedded into course learning outcomes and assessments. We suggest you map your Inclusive Leadership skills outcome across your programme of study. For more on Curriculum Mapping....


We also suggest you periodically review the effectiveness of your graduate profile. To do this we have created a short introduction to our student, staff and stakeholder survey.  Find out more here....

Resources: An example of a vibrant inclusive leadership project.

If you would like more information or assistance, please contact your Te Puna Ako academic advisors.

Last updated by Diana Ayling Sep 20, 2012.

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