FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- For the Army, diversity isn’t about a number. It’s about building high-performing and cohesive teams in an inclusive environment to fight and win our nation’s wars.
To build these teams through mutual trust, leaders must know their teams. They must know their people’s unique attributes and the different characteristics of each Soldier or civilian.
Through Project Inclusion, the Army's initiative to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion across the force and build cohesive teams, the Army’s Equity and Inclusion Agency has led the Army on a mission of introspection which has captured the voices of almost 8,000 Soldiers and civilians from installations around the world through “Your Voice Matters” listening sessions.
On Monday, Oct. 11, at 2:30 p.m. Mr. Beach, the Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Army for Diversity and Inclusion and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, Equity and Inclusion, will present the primary themes from these listening sessions at a Warriors Corner at the Association of the United States Army annual meeting.
He will also discuss the agency’s "WHO?" model to better enable leaders to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion and build better teams.
Army leadership models and frameworks have always promoted the necessity for leaders to encourage diversity, equity, and inclusion. To enable leaders to better understand how to incorporate these principles when building teams, the agency’s model uses three questions:
-WHO are your people? What makes them tick? What aspects of their culture, background, traditions, and religion make them who they are?
-HOW do your people show up? What type of personality do your people have? Are they introverted or extroverted? How do they approach work and their duties?
-OFFER? What do your people offer? What value do they bring to the organization? What skills, abilities, and attributes do they have which can enable success?
To fight and win our nation’s wars, the Army needs high-performing and cohesive teams built through mutual trust.
The "WHO?" model’s three questions draws from Army’s leadership models such as “Be, Know, Do” to enable leaders to build better teams by knowing where their people are mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually and incorporating the Army’s diversity, equity, and inclusion principles throughout the team building process.
You can learn more about the Army’s Equity and Inclusion Agency, the "WHO?" model, Project Inclusion, and how to incorporate the Army’s diversity, equity, and inclusion principles into your organization through the following links: