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Culturally Intelligent and Inclusive Leadership for Public and Community Sector Organisations

Inclusive, compassionate and equitable workplace cultures where diverse communities thrive.

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Realise Your Potential as a Culturally Intelligent and Inclusive Leader

We provide research based tools, training and assessments to build Cultural Intelligence that give public and community sector leaders the 'how' of inclusive leadership

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Giving Leaders and Organisations the 'How'

Tangible solutions that create visible impact on inclusion – built on a framework we help you embed into all of your organisation’s operations and processes.

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Advance Your Journey to Intentionally Inclusive Leadership

The Cultural Intelligence (CQ®) and Inclusive Leadership journey is a process that leads to a clearly defined destination of inclusion, equality and diversity.

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Lead, Engage and Relate Effectively Across Diverse Cultural Contexts

Gain the skills, capabilities, behaviours and attitudes to facilitate inclusive work environments.

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Culturally Intelligent and Inclusive Leadership for Public and Community Sector Organisations
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Realise Your Potential as a Culturally Intelligent and Inclusive Leader
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Giving Leaders and Organisations the 'How'
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Advance Your Journey to Intentionally Inclusive Leadership
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Lead, Engage and Relate Effectively Across Diverse Cultural Contexts

Doing Difference Differently

To meet the needs of public and community sector leadership, we have developed a unique approach that combines inclusive leadership theory with Cultural Intelligence (CQ®) to create programmes that enable leaders to shift from managing diversity to leading for inclusion. Why? Because we know leaders define culture, and the culture of an organisation or team will ultimately dictate how included, and in turn, valued and seen its people are.

What We Do

We help public and community sector leaders to shift from managing diversity to leading for inclusion.

From Managing Diversity

We work with leaders to help them understand the crucial difference between managing diversity and leading for inclusion. Managing diversity focuses on percentages and what the organisation ‘looks’ like. Taking a snapshot of your staff to see how many characteristics – age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation – you can you capture in a tick box. The problem with managing diversity is it doesn’t often focus on how those people ‘feel’, or on how effective and empowered they are able to be.

To Leading for Inclusion

We create leaders who recognise their role in leading inclusion. Who are innovative and creative about inclusion and understand its purpose. Who are able to focus on how they make their teams and organisations feel and the steps needed to create great workplaces for everyone. The leaders we work with, on leaving a masterclass tell us: “I understand why our recruitment policies are not working”, or “I understand what I need to do differently to create inclusive working spaces for all”. 

Focused on the Public and Community Sector

We are driven by creating a better, fairer and more inclusive UK public and community sector.

NHS Trusts

Implement more inclusive, kinder and compassionate workplace cultures where diverse communities thrive.

Blue Light Services

Strategically use cultural differences to come up with more innovative solutions.

Central Government

Achieve and sustain intentionally inclusive and equitable organisational cultures.

Local Government

The skills, abilities, and capabilities needed to successfully and respectfully work with difference and diversity.

Education

Positively impact pupils, families and communities – encouraging transformational change and equity.

Third Sector

Take your diversity, equity and inclusion strategies to a place where it makes a real difference.

Faith Based

Address cultural differences in congregations and faith communities effectively.

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Develop leaders who fully understand, will deepen and can model culturally intelligent and inclusive leadership.

Partner with the Cultural Intelligence Center

Above Difference is the UK’s only strategic partner to the Cultural Intelligence Center

Above Difference:

  • In partnership with the Cultural Intelligence Centre, has the ability to develop sector specific programmes and resources for the UK Public Sector
  • Is the UK’s only platinum accredited Cultural Intelligence Trainer and Facilitator
  • Boasts a team of collaborative partnerships with decades of Public Sector experience
  • Has a unique UK voice that engages the wider public on how CQ adds value to the discourse and dialogue around equity, equality and inclusion. 

Our Programmes

Above Difference provides Cultural Intelligence (CQ®) and Inclusive Leadership Assessments, Training and Organisational Development Solutions that effect real change

Leading Inclusively with Cultural Intelligence (CQ®)

Giving You the ‘How’

Cultural Intelligence (CQ®) is a globally recognised way of assessing and improving effectiveness in culturally diverse situations. Based on peer reviewed academic research and validity conducted across more than 100 countries.

  • Hear from our experts and listen to the on-demand webinar before you start your journey.
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Leading for inclusion with Cultural Intelligence (CQ®) leaders masterclass

For leaders committed to increasing their leadership impact on the inclusion agenda.

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September 23, 202110am-4pm£375 + VAT

Moving into leadership with Cultural Intelligence (CQ®) for BAME leaders

Designed for BAME leadership aspirants to complement ongoing leadership programmes.

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September 21, 202110am-4pm£275 + VAT

Above Difference Insights

LEADERSHIP

Inclusion in a Very English Way. Why Cultural Intelligence (CQ) Makes Inclusion, Inclusive

Why we need to constantly question our assumptions about what Inclusion looks and feels like from different cultural perspectives.

DIFFERENCE

Disrupting Unconscious Bias: Recognising Evidence Based Cultural Intelligence and Inclusion

Unconscious Bias (UB) Awareness workshops have been recommended as a panacea to the Diversity and Inclusion concerns. However, at Above Difference we’d like to offer you an alternative.

DIFFERENCE

Could CQ and Inclusive Leadership be the long awaited catalyst for change?

Is it time to take a different and more radical approach to diversifying the colour of leadership in the public sector? What can CQ offer that hasn’t been tried before?