Inclusive leadership for reduced inequality: economic–social–economic cycle of inclusion

Yuka Fujimoto, Jasim Uddin

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The Sustainable Development Goal of the United Nations related to reduced inequalities calls for greater economic inclusion of the poor. Yet, how business leaders grant economic opportunities and development to the poor is significantly under-researched. Extending burgeoning responsible leadership theory that promotes paradox-savvy leadership for building inclusive ventures through various actors, this study introduces new concepts of inclusive leadership that foster the economic inclusion of the poor from Amartya Sen’s capability approach perspective. By studying how leaders include the poor in social businesses, we provide a fresh perspective of inclusive leadership as a personalized empowering cycle of economic–social–economic inclusion to close the gaps between the rich and poor in business and society. This perspective provides new territories of diversity and inclusion research for reduced inequality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)563-582
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022


  • Capability approach and empowerment
  • Diversity
  • Inclusion
  • Inclusive leadership
  • Reduced inequality
  • Responsible leadership

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