Tanachia Ashikali is an Assistant Professor of Public Management at the Institute of Public Administration at Leiden University. Her research expertise includes diversity management, leadership and inclusion in public organizations, with a focus on quantitative research methods and techniques. She teaches courses on human resource management and public management, and supervises master theses on these and related topics. She acts as a speaker at practitioners’ seminars and, as a research fellow of the Leiden Leadership Centre, engages in research collaborations on inclusive leadership with practitioners in various Dutch public organizations.
Ashikali received her PhD in Public Administration from Leiden University in 2018. The dissertation combines mainstream management and public management literature and studies how diversity management and leadership relate to inclusiveness in public organizations and individual employee and team outcomes. She examined quantitative survey data on both the individual and team level, and shows that inclusiveness is about team members feeling they belong to the group, while they can have their own unique identities. Inclusive leadership stimulates this by encouraging diverse team members to value, exchange, discuss and learn from their different backgrounds, perspectives and ideas. Inclusiveness in turn contributes to employees’ organizational commitment and involvement. This is particularly required in a changing society demanding of public organizations to be adaptive and responsive.
For her article, on diversity management, transformational leadership, inclusiveness and employees’ affective commitment co-authored with prof. Sandra Groeneveld, she was granted the best article published in 2015 award by the journal Review of Public Personnel Administration.