Equality doesn't mean same, or equal. Equality doesn't guarantee me a starting position on YouTube. Equality means equality of access, the opportunity to do my best without being disqualified for irrelevant reasons.
For leaders this means you don't have to treat everyone in an identical manner. But it means you have to be equally fair with everyone, no matter their sex, gender, race, age, sexual orientation, origin, caste or class, income or property, language, religion, convictions, opinions, health or disability.
Yes, that's a long list. But the short of it is that you should treat everyone with dignity. If leaders were consistently fair, we would not need Women's equality day – which is coming up on August 26th commemorating August 1920 when votes to women officially became part of the US constitution. This day marks a turning point in the history of the struggle for equal treatment of women and women’s rights. Nor would we need all the other days dedicated to remembering equality for different groups.