A roadmap to inclusive leadership: inclusive hiring practices (key no5)

Denis Boudreau
9 min readNov 24, 2023
Diverse team mates in a business setting, sitting at a table and having a conversation.
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Today, I’d like to dive into key no5, a topic that’s not just close to my heart, but one that should be a cornerstone in every organization: inclusive hiring practices. Adopting inclusive hiring practices isn’t just about ticking boxes or looking good for your shareholders or the public. As leaders and managers, we’re in the people business, and people come in all shapes, sizes, and abilities.

If you’ve been following our series on inclusive leadership, you already know how crucial it is to nurture a culture where everyone feels valued and respected. This new key is also very important on our inclusive leadership roadmap. Why? Because for most people, this will be the entry point to your organization. After all, you can’t have a diverse and inclusive workplace if you don’t hire diversely and inclusively. That makes sense, right?

For this conversation, I want us to welcome back our friends Sarah and John — two amazing people managers that we’ve met in previous posts in this series. Individuals who not only talk the talk, but also make sure to walk the walk! Both are full-fledged disability inclusion champions at their organization. But I also want to bring back another regular to this conversation, and that is Khaleem. You might remember him from previous posts and resources on this site as well, for he is an equally talented individual who happens to be blind and currently navigating the job market.

So, what might leaders like you learn from Sarah’s and John’s action-oriented approaches to making their workplace more inclusive? How can Khaleem’s experience illuminate the roadblocks many candidates face, and how can we proactively tear those down? Let’s find out as we delve into the how-to’s of inclusive hiring practices, learning from Sarah’s, John’s and Khaleem’s experiences to help you make your own organization a beacon of inclusivity. Sounds good? Let’s dive in!

The gap in traditional hiring practices

But first, a reality check! If you’ve ever been involved in a hiring process, then you know that it isn’t a one-size-fits-all deal. After all, the narrower your lens, the more you’ll miss out on a whole spectrum of talent! Traditional hiring practices often inadvertently…

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Denis Boudreau

Helping leaders connect with the missing piece in their DEI efforts. Amazon BestSelling Author “The Inclusive Speaker". Speaker/Trainer/Coach. #neurodivergent