Award Winning Show, Ted Lasso, Gives Leadership Lessons On How To Foster Inclusion In The Workplace!
The award-winning cast of Ted Lasso is this week's inclusion hero. The Apple TV show will make you laugh, think, and perhaps cry as it examines a United Kingdom soccer team's journey under foreign leadership. The team has lots of diversity but has yet to succeed in working together to achieve the goal of winning a championship. Through a series of mishaps contributing to a losing streak, we have a purview of the complexity of the human vulnerability that drives decision-making and success. Despite rather colorful language, the shows continual push for inclusivity is refreshing. Before long, cheering for Coach Ted Lasso and the underdog Team Richmond becomes the norm. Therefore, Ted Lasso and his team deserve accolades for promoting inclusion. Take note of the many leadership lessons that parallel inclusive leadership in the workplace. Examples include a roadmap for taking a stand despite the threat of financial loss, a how-to guide for embracing cultural differences and leading with discomfort to allow differing leadership to thrive.
WALK THE TALK AND STAND UP FOR INCLUSION
Leaders are expected to demonstrate inclusivity by standing behind causes that aren't company-specific, impacting the company's bottom line, and show of community. This scenario plays out in Ted Lasso when a player requests to back out of an endorsement deal from a company sponsor with negative dealings that impact the player's origin country. The show provides a behind-the-scenes look at the team owner's struggle with negotiating and making difficult decisions. In the end, Rebecca decided that player value trumped business and did the right thing and stood behind the player even at the risk of financial loss. Likewise, leaders are often caught between a rock and a hard place when deciding whether to support employees, maintain customer relationships, and heed board guidance.
Ted Lasso promotes positivity and inclus