Improve your experience. We are very sorry but this website does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend using a different browser that is supported such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

Inclusive Language for Leaders

Address everyone, not just certain groups


One area where leadership can unwittingly exclude people is in the language that they habitually use. Staff who come from different backgrounds are often confused by idioms and phrases that only native speakers can truly understand. In addition, some words carry negative connotations that reduce cohesion and exclude people central to the mission.

This class is part of the Leadership Coffee Break Series. Be sure to check out other classes in the series: Coffee Break Series

Learning Objectives

  • Improve awareness of gender-based, colonial, and culturally appropriate language

  • Offer alternative words and phrases that are easier to understand and more inclusive

Board Accreditation

MN Board of Social Work

1.0 CEU (CEP-275)

Similar courses

Developing Strong Staff

Engaged employees are motivated and self-directed

More Information
Leading Resilient Teams

Trust holds people together

More Information
Person-Centered Supervision

Collaborative approaches in supervision

More Information
Trauma-Informed Supervision

Managing a team through trauma exposure

More Information
Culturally Responsive Practice

Conversations about culture and identity

More Information
Difficult Conversations with Staff

Manage emotions and focus on a solution

More Information
Giving Effective Feedback

Boost people’s confidence

More Information
Developing Your Leadership Style

What kind of leader do you want to be?

More Information
Managing Former Peers

Reworking your professional relationships

More Information
Coaching Employees

Reinforce employee strengths

More Information
Delegating the Right Work

Focus on higher value work

More Information
Setting Boundaries in Supervision

Setting professional boundaries in a supervisory role

More Information

Press enter to see more results