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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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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.

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.

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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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


Leading Difference Differently

Above Difference equips leaders with Inclusive Leadership skills underpinned by Cultural Intelligence so they can change cultures and transform their organisations into places where everyone is seen, heard and valued.


“Everything rises and falls with leadership.” John C. Maxwell

Through our solutions we aim to equip leaders with the skills, tools and resources they require to lead and facilitate inclusive workplaces for all: 

  • Inclusive Leadership Programmes
  • Maxwell Leadership Programmes
  • Value Driven Leadership Programmes
  • CQ & Inclusive Leadership Coaching
  • Mentoring
  • Leadership Network


“Diversity is a fact. Inclusion is an act and belonging is an outcome.” Arthur Chan.

We work with organisations to create inclusive cultures where people feel they belong and are able to realise their full potential:

  • Developing Culturally Intelligent teams and organisations
  • Facilitating Culturally Intelligent Innovation in services, proceses and procedures
  • Unique approach to Culturally Intelligent recruitment and retention


“Culture will not change because we desire to change it Culture changes when the organisation is transformed.” Frances Hesselbein

We believe that robust change management is an essential part of creating sustainable, meaningful and longstanding changes that deliver real inclusion:

  • Facilitator Development Programmes
  • Design & Innovation Workshops
  • Resources, webinars and access to ongoing support

The Journey

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”. 

Leading 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.


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The time has come for exemplary Inclusive leaders to rise. It is a time for meaningful, intentional and sustained action, not empty words.

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New Leading for Inclusion with Cultural Intelligence 2-Day Masterclass Programme

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Create and Lead Inclusive Change Management

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

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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.


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.

Armed forces

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

Leading the Way

We work with some of the UK’s foremost, forward thinking organisations to assess and develop their inclusive leadership.

Leading Difference Differently

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