Theses Doctoral

Inclusive Leadership: Exploration of Individual and Situational Antecedents

Mendelsohn, David Benjamin

In today’s increasingly diverse workforce, inclusive leadership has become an important focus for organizations. Inclusive leadership is the extent to which leaders foster a sense of belonging among group members and show that their uniqueness is valued. Researchers have shown that inclusive leadership positively affects subordinate outcomes, such as psychological safety, work engagement, and innovation. However, there is little research on the individual and situational characteristics that predict leaders acting in an inclusive manner.

The current research analyzes the extent to which inclusive leadership is predicted by individual characteristics (e.g., personality, diversity beliefs), developmental experiences (e.g., leader training, mentorship), and organizational factors (e.g., organizational inclusive climate, senior leadership behavior). Findings revealed two personality traits to be significantly associated with inclusive leadership: Extraversion and Openness. Specifically, Extraversion was positively related to inclusive leadership, while Openness was negatively related to inclusive leadership. Furthermore, the current research demonstrated that inclusive leadership was positively related to subordinate affective organizational commitment, and negatively related to subordinate intention to quit. This research helps advance theory on inclusive leadership and suggests how organizations may increase inclusive leadership among their ranks. Implications for theory and practice, limitations, and directions for future research are discussed.


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More About This Work

Academic Units
Social-Organizational Psychology
Thesis Advisors
Perry, Elissa L.
Block, Caryn J.
Ph.D., Columbia University
Published Here
April 20, 2021