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Cultural Intelligence, or CQ, is the foundation and strategic link to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Scroll down to learn more.
For years, the case has been that more diversity equals improved organizational performance. But you can’t expect diverse groups to work together effectively and improve performance if they lack the skills to do so. Cultural intelligence (CQ) is the foundation and strategic link that ensures your DEI efforts lead to meaningful and sustainable results. The same holds true for any attempt to create an equitable and inclusive organizational culture.
Everyone has their own definition of DEI. We broadly define it as any organizational effort to increase diverse representation and create inclusive, equitable environments. More specifically, we define each of the areas as follows:
Diversity – Working to increase the representation of difference at every level of the organization.
Equity – Actively challenging and responding to individual and systemic biases, behaviors policies and practices to ensure that everyone has fair access to opportunities.
Inclusion – Fostering an environment where people with different identities experience feeling welcomed, valued and leveraged.