Inclusive Leadership Program

A diversity and inclusion training program for leaders

This program looks at building inclusive leadership behaviours that support people who are excluded or under-represented in the workplace. It challenges unconscious bias and builds understanding around diversity: i.e., gender, LGBTIQA+, neurodiversity, ability/disability, ethnicity, and people who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. The aim is to provide equitable access, opportunities, and a strongly empathetic workplace culture.

I didn’t know I had so much growth in me until I started the course, I could feel myself changing and loved every minute of the experience.

Stage II

Example program

Month 1

What is diversity and inclusion?

Defining diversity and inclusion and hearing stories from people across diverse groups.

  • Induction
  • Program roadmap
  • Virtual workshop
  • Guest speakers (stories from diverse groups)
  • Application tools

Month 2

Unconscious bias and barriers to inclusion

Discussing the idea of privilege, conditioning and how unconscious biases need to be unearthed to make way for inclusion.

  • Virtual workshop
  • Application tools
  • 1:1 coaching

Month 3

Inclusive leadership behaviours

Mapping inclusive leadership behaviours to become conscious of what best practice looks like.

  • Virtual workshop
  • Activity (‘Inclusion map’)
  • Application tools

Month 4

Practical strategies to promote accessibility

Researching and identifying practical measures to make the work environment accessible, comfortable and safe for all.

  • Virtual workshop
  • Guest speaker (accessibility expert)
  • Application tools

Month 5

Coaching teams and building an inclusive culture

Coaching teams in inclusion and designing a process for dealing with exclusion to make sure all groups are protected.

  • Virtual workshop
  • Application tools


Delivery Options

In Person Program

Virtual Program

Hybrid Program

Key Outcomes

1. Leaders who understand what diversity and inclusion means.

2. Leaders who understand how to play their part in building an inclusive workplace culture.

3. Leaders who approach access, opportunities and performance support equitably and fairly.

4. Leaders who engage in practical measures to improve the workplace for accessibility.

5. Leaders who are empathetic and who actively challenge exclusion, escalating when required.

Possible Inclusions

1. Program roadmap

2. Induction

3. Welcome box

4. Workshops

5. Activities (e.g. Hackathon)

6. Guest speakers

7. Tools for application

8. Assets (e.g. eLearning, video)

9. Coaching

10. Participant management

Target Audience

All levels of leadership

Let Thinka Help You

    Our in-person delivery option maximises opportunities for robust conversation, experiential activities and intensive group work. This is no ‘death by PowerPoint’ experience – our facilitators are skilled in presenting and leading immersive experiences that get the most out of people. Supported by multimedia, attractive takeaway pages and practical strategies for using back on the job – this in-person approach is valuable for building strong bonds and bringing people together to collaborate.
    Our virtual delivery option breathes fresh life into the online experience with its almost ‘radio show’ feel. Our expert facilitators use a combination of multimedia, questioning techniques and break out activities to target micro-skills – with a focus on application. Supported by an online platform hosting custom-built materials, participants can be assured of lively, dynamic sessions that have a distinct bias to action. Going virtual keeps program sessions succinct, sharp and focused on targeting particular skills in a dynamic way.
    A hybrid model takes the best of in-person and virtual delivery options and blends them together, so there’s a healthy mix of face to face collaboration and targeted skill building. Depending on the program themes, we work with you to decide what is better suited to getting together in a training space versus what would sit comfortably in an online setting. This flexible combination allows you and your team to get the best of both worlds.
    Leaders across all levels can participate in this program to ensure the practice of inclusion is understood throughout the entire organisation. Inclusion needs to be built into all processes such as recruitment, performance management and succession planning. It also needs to be approached practically so that the actual work environment is accessible, comfortable and safe for all groups.