Leyla O

Inclusive Leadership is a journey not a final destination

This week I presented at the TetraMap® UK Development Day on inclusive leadership. The presentation followed-on from a paper I co-authored with Anne Clews, Head of Performance Learning at Curium Solutions, entitled Empowering Inclusive Leaders for a Diverse World. In the last five years there has been significant discussion on the topic of Inclusive Leadership. Bothwick and Sweeney’s book Inclusive Leadership published October 2016 followed by Frost and Alidina’s book published this month entitled Building an Inclusive Organisation  shows discussion…

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How you can get involved in Time to Talk Day

Time to Talk Day You may think speaking openly about mental health in the workplace is not the “done thing”. More like a topic that is discussed in hushed tones behind closed doors. Well, think again, today 7 Feb is Time to Talk Day led by Time to Change. It is about empowering everyone to have conversations about mental health. It is organisations’ and individuals’ opportunity to reduce stigma by talking about mental health and mental-ill health in an open way.   We…

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Get on Board: Why diversity on boards matters

This week I attended the University of Leeds Council Meeting, from the other side of the table. What do I mean by this? I used to be a member of Council as a Student Union Officer in 2003-2004. November last year I was asked to become a Council member (equivalent to a trustee). I was filled with joy. You may think, why? Firstly, it was my alma matter, so I was honoured. Secondly, as I run my own business it’s…

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Beyond New Year’s Resolutions: Wellbeing 365

New Year’s Resolutions We hear it every year, don’t we? Setting intentions and then giving up on New Year’s resolutions. The second Friday in January is apparently when most people quit or “fail” their New Year’s resolutions in some way. It can be down to the time of year, feeling pressured into setting them or wanting to see quick results and feeling disheartened. I gave up this practice a long time ago as January is a time I want to…

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Six Wellbeing at Work Trends for 2019

Wellbeing at Work last year Here we are as another year begins. 2018 saw wellbeing at work come to the forefront with board-level discussions and senior leadership teams taking the lead with a focus on mental health in the workplace. For me, the wellbeing at work highlights of 2018 were increased numbers of staff receiving Mental Health First Aid training, financial wellness programmes and digital detoxes,  There was also an increase in workplaces encouraging the use of mindfulness through classes and/or promoting…

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