Most of us likely know someone on a personal level that is neuro diverse (defined as a person with less typical cognitive variations such as autism spectrum, ADHD, dislexia, or other learning differences). If not, there are always prominent examples like Elon Musk, Greta Thunberg, Alan Turing, Albert Einstein, Henry Ford to name just a few. Yet there is a lot of bias, misinformation and stereotyping when it comes to the potential of neuro diverse people as leaders and creative thinkers in the workplace.

Recent studies have shown quite the opposite-i.e. autistic professionals can be up to 140% more productive than the average employee, neurodivergent traits are associated with creative ideas, passion and drive. Smart companies will need to focus on inclusion and increasing workplace access across all levels of talent pipeline. We need more neuro diverse colleagues that can bring original and different ways of thinking, honesty and authenticity in relationships, an increased focus on purpose, humbleness and commitment. These are the leadership traits we need to cherish and grow to ensure survival of organizations in 21st century.