Inclusive leadership in the digital age

Many managers in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), small and medium-sized organisations (SMOs) and in start-ups face a dilemma. They ask themselves: How can I run my organisation if I am not sure where the digital journey is heading? How can we successfully shape the future of our organisation together? The INCLUDE project provides a concrete contribution by addressing two central developments of our age: First, the trend towards flatter hierarchies and shared responsibility, and second, the digitalisation of all economic fields. Both aspects offer the starting point for the development of a new practical and innovative leadership approach in the era of digitalisation.

About the project

The aim of the two-year EU project (2019-2021) INCLUDE is to support SMEs, SMOs and start-ups in the day-to-day challenges of digital change with a contemporary, inclusive leadership approach.

Therefore, the project will develop learning and teaching materials for managers and for persons who want to or should take on more responsibility.

With these materials, managers can, on the one hand, learn "inclusive leadership in the digital age" step by step while working and apply it directly in their day-to-day business (work-based learning approach). On the other hand, training providers and freelancers from the vocational education and training field can use the materials and a sample curriculum for further training courses for the target group.

The INCLUDE project, which is funded within the framework of a "Strategic Partnership" in the EU programme "Erasmus+", aims to increase the competitiveness of European SMEs, SMOs and start-ups by establishing an inclusive management approach that takes into account the opportunities and risks of the digital transformation. For the individual learners, the learning and teaching materials represent an opportunity to develop or increase their own skills in a field of activity that is highly relevant to the labour market. The developed materials will be available online free of charge from autumn 2021.


+++ Getting to know new leadership tools: INCLUDE presented results +++ 


On Friday, 29th of April 2022, we welcomed interested stakeholders on the topic of 'New Leadership Tools' on site in Berlin. Together with our project partners from Bulgaria, Italy, Poland, Cyprus and Germany, we presented the INCLUDE project results. In particular, the INCLUDE approach received a lot of interest from the participants! After the event, the participants took the opportunity to talk to the European project team about INCLUDE and the European project work in general. It was a successful event. Thanks to all involved!  



+++ Test phase of our INCLUDE e-mail course starts+++  


We would like to invite you to participate in the testing of our INCLUDE e-mail course. Our e-mail course aims to support individuals who would like to take on responsibility in the work context to apply an inclusive leadership approach in the digital age. You will receive a daily email that highlights concrete challenges in implementing an inclusive leadership concept and provides you with practical solutions. For the test phase, there will be a total of 13 of these e-mails. We would be pleased if you would support us in testing the e-mail course. You can register yourself for this (LINK). At the end of the course we ask you to take 5 minutes for a short evaluation. If you have any questions or comments, please contact  



+++ Partner meeting in Poznań, Poland, conducted hybrid+++ 


On 29th  and 30th of November, a project meeting of our project INCLUDE took place. Our project partner, Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań, welcomed us in Poznań, Poland. The meeting was held in a hybrid way to give all project partners the opportunity to be present. The majority of our project team was on site. We prepared the project closure together and especially talked about the finalisation of our project results as well as our sustainability strategy for INCLUDE. It was a successful meeting & we are looking forward to making our project results available online & free of charge in early 2022. 


+++ Partner Meeting 4 in Vratsa, Bulgaria, condcted online +++

The 4th partner meeting in the INCLUDE project took place online on 22nd and 23rd of April 2021. All partners participated with several people. We focused on the testing phase of the project: we exchanged information on the results of the test workshops that have already been carried out and discussed further test activities. It is nice to see that the INCLUDE products are already very well received in the testing phase! The exchange in the project team was also great - our partners from Bulgaria showed us videos about Vratsa. So we at least had a bit of a feeling of having been there.


+++ Test Workshop in Germany successfully conducted! +++

On 22nd and 23rd of March 2021, the test workshop in the Erasmus+ project "INCLUDE- Inclusive Leadership in the Digital Age" took place online.

11 participants and 3 speakers addressed the question "How can you be an inclusive leader in the digital age?"

The INCLUDE model was presented, the project products were tested and the opinions, ideas and comments of our test persons from the INCLUDE target group (SME, SMO, start-ups) were gathered.

It was a very exciting exchange with positive feedback on the INCLUDE model and the INCLUDE products.

Thank you again to all participants for your interest and feedback!

Good to know:

Test workshops are also currently taking place in our partner countries. Afterwards, all workshops will be evaluated in the project consortium and the INCLUDE products will be revised.

From winter 2021, all INCLUDE products will be available online and free of charge!

+++ Online testing of INCLUDE products on 22nd and 23rd of March 2021+++

We warmly invite you to participate in our workshop on "How can you be an inclusive leader in the digital age?"

The workshop will take place online on 22nd and 23rd of March 2021 from 13:00 - 17:00 each day. The workshop is part of our EU project INCLUDE - your participation is therefore free of charge!

Please find all further information in the official invitation.

The workshop will be held in German. Please register by e-mail ( by 18 March.

We look forward to seeing you and to an exciting workshop!


+++ Lecture on INCLUDE at the German Fundraising Congress 2020 - postponed to 2021 +++

Our managing director Heike Kraack-Tichy was invited to a lecture entitled "INCLUDE! Leadership in the digital age" at the German Fundraising Congress 2020. The congress originally scheduled for spring 2020 had to be cancelled this year due to corona. It will now take place from 23-25 June 2021 in Kassel.


+++ Article about INCLUDE in the magazine “Wohlfahrt intern” +++

In the October 2020 edition of “Wohlfahrt intern”, the magazine for decision-makers in the social economy, the managing director of emcra, Heike Kraack-Tichy, has published an article on the subject of INCLUDE: "The classic top-down leadership has had its day. Teams make better decisions in a company".

This issue of Wohlfahrt intern deals with the main topic of leadership and especially how it can be re-thought.

The article can be read on our emcra-Facebook page.


+++ 3rd Project Meeting Larnaca +++

The third project meeting took place as a "Hybrid Project Meeting" from 08 - 09 October in Larnaca, Cyprus, 2020. A part of the consortium was able to exchange ideas on site in Cyprus. The project participants, who could not travel to Cyprus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, were connected online in individual sessions. We discussed the feedback of the transnational training, the status of the INCLUDE handbook and the INCLUDE e-mail course as well as the planning of the testing phase, which will start in January 2021.


+++ Transnational Training in Cyprus +++

The three-day workshop on "Inclusive Leadership in the Digital Age" took place in Larnaca, Cyprus, on 5-7 October. Together with participants from Cyprus, Germany and Poland we worked on this topic and tested our project products in their current version. We always had in mind the question: "What are the challenges for an inclusive leader? Our INCLUDE methods were presented and directly applied in practice. The feedback of the participants was consistently positive. The project consortium was able to gain important feedback regarding the further development of the project products.


+++ 2nd Project Meeting Poznan - Online +++

The second project meeting should take place in July in Poznan, Poland. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this was held as an online meeting on 31st of August and 1st of September 2020. All partners could participate online. The main focus of the meeting was the exchange between partners on the process model INCLUDE.

Project Partners

Seven partner organisations from Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Poland and Cyprus are involved in the project INCLUDE. The lead partner is emcra Gmbh. More


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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication (communication) reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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