International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Coaching a Diverse Workforce: The Impact of Changing Demographics for Modern Leaders
Mark Lundrigan, ValaipornTangsuvanich (Vikki), Li Yu, Sixiao Wu (Sherry), Bahaudin G. Mujtaba

Abstract
Group demography is a very broad area or region of study. This paper focuses on four fundamental group distinctions that might be found in any contemporary company: age, religion, culture, and gender. Each dimension is explored in terms proliferation, potential challenges for managers and advantages to organizations. It is not the goal of this paper to submit that group diversity is undesirable. On the contrary, astute managers, leaders and coaches will be able utilize their team’s attributes, however diverse, to mold a cohesive unit. Such a team will share a wealth of ability and experience. Properly managed, diversity in age, religion, culture, gender, and other similar dimensions can be very good for business in gaining a competitive advantage in terms of creativity, innovation, and understanding of current and prospective customers. Practical suggestions and recommendations for gaining such an edge through the human resources asset in the industry are provided for all professionals who are aspiring to become effective and developmental coaches.

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