How To Be an Inclusive Leader: Your Role in Creating Cultures of Belonging Where Everyone Can Thrive

Berrett-Koehler. Aug. 2019. 192p. ISBN 9781523085170. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781523085194. BUS
Brown (founder & CEO, Jennifer Brown Consulting; host, Will To Change podcast) states that the aim of this book is to help people understand actions they can take to empower change in the workplace regarding inclusion. The author produces a step-by-step guide that assists readers in making real progress. She delineates a four-stage “Inclusive Leader Continuum,” starting with “Unaware,” then “Aware,” followed by “Active” and “Advocate.” This continuum involves not a single process but rather stages through different areas of diversity. For example, one could be active on issues relating to physical disability issues, but unaware of gender issues. According to Brown, if only one thing is taken away from this book, it should be that an inclusive leader must take action; having good intentions is not enough. Included are several stories of real-life examples, with each chapter ending with next steps and questions for reflection.
VERDICT This resource encourages readers to consider all aspects of inclusion, even the less obvious ones. Brown asserts that one need not be in a position of power to make a difference; anyone can advocate for what’s right, though it won’t always be easy.

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