Every human being is unique. We each bring our own unique DNA, characteristics, and skills to every situation. We each have unique physical characteristics and appearances, ways of dressing, backgrounds, life experiences… and perspectives as a result.
Often, diversity is assumed to mean differences among genders, religions, races, ethnicities, sexuality, socioeconomic class, and similar demographic markers. But it also can mean diversity of thought, diversity of skills, diversity of leadership abilities.
To us, diversity means respect for and appreciation for differences… which should then drive inclusion. Leaders who understand that diverse perspectives can make any team, and any problem-solving effort, stronger will take steps to ensure that diverse perspectives are included at all levels of decision-making.
This often means that we need to start growing leaders with diverse perspectives at the start.