Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is quickly demonstrating that he is a skilled Inclusive Leader. He highly values social diversity, biodiversity and inclusion. He believes strongly that these are fundamental Canadian values. Trudeau practices the four core skill sets involved in Inclusive Leadership on a daily basis by sharing leadership with others. He has spent his life Building Bridges within and between groups. He knows how to connect with differences, communicate with compassion, and how to stand up for diversity and inclusion.
“We believe in our hearts that this country’s unique diversity is a blessing bestowed on us by previous generations of Canadians — Canadians who stared down prejudice and fought discrimination in all its forms. We know that our enviable, inclusive society didn’t happen by accident, and won’t continue without effort…” (Trudeau, October 19, 2015)
“Canada is uniquely blessed with an abundance of freshwater and marine and coastal areas that are ecologically diverse and economically significant. Canada has a responsibility to the world to steward our resources with care.” (Trudeau, November 15, 2015)
Trudeau is walking his talk in many ways, such as when he announced a new cabinet committee for diversity and inclusion and when he asked the Ministers of Fisheries and Oceans, Environment and Climate Change, and Natural Resources to work together to introduce new fair environmental assessment processes that will “ensure that decisions are based on science, facts, and evidence, and serve the public interest…”
As Trudeau has said over and over again, Canada is back! The inclusive values that are the basis of our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms are once again being embraced by the Government of Canada. This is so exciting for all of us in the Inclusive Leadership Co-operative and for Inclusive Leaders around the world. As the Earth Charter says, ” “Every individual, family, organization, and community has a vital role to play. The arts, sciences, religions, educational institutions, media, businesses, nongovernmental organizations, and governments are all called to offer creative leadership. The partnership of government, civil society, and business is essential for effective governance…. Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of life.” (Earth Charter)
Here at the Inclusive Leadership Co-operative the vital role we are playing is to bring together people from diverse backgrounds to nurture and mentor Inclusive Leadership development in ourselves, our communities and the world. We look forward to working closely with the Canadian Government in this work. Perhaps a few experienced leaders, new leaders and potential leaders from the Federal Government will participate in experiential education in Facilitating and Mentoring Inclusive Leadership Development February 19 to 21, 2016. This will be the fourteenth year that the co-founders of the Inclusive Leadership co-operative will be sharing leadership in developing awareness, skills and action plans for embracing social diversity and biodiversity as gifts that enrich the world.
In closing, thank you Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for demonstrating how to be a leader who is a socially and environmentally responsible global citizen. Your inclusive and welcoming approach to leadership is inviting people of all ages and backgrounds to become more and more connected, compassionate, and courageous in caring for each other and all living beings on Earth.