The Boldly Inclusive Leader: Transform Your Workplace (and the World) by Valuing the Differences Within

BrainTrust Ink: Greenleaf Book Group. Aug. 2023. 200p. ISBN 9781956072112. $38. BUS
Inclusive leadership consultant Norman (coauthor, The Psychological Safety Playbook) focuses on the need for businesses to make employees feel that they are safe and belong. Her book frames the current challenges with diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in terms of the employees’ sense of well-being. Using stories from her decades as a leader, the author provides insight into how corporate culture has created an unhealthy environment of stress and isolation for many employees. This title emphasizes that it is up to leaders to create a psychologically safe workplace that is accepting of mistakes instead of just setting policies; there’s no gain without implementation and practice. The book covers similar territory as Brené Brown’s Dare To Lead, but Norman concentrates on a leadership toolset that’s based on empathy and compassionate communication skills. The book includes daily and weekly activities that leaders can use to practice their inclusivity skills.
VERDICT A good introduction for leaders who are trying to understand how to create inclusive spaces in their workplace. This will also appeal to professionals who are looking for guides on how to lead with empathy and compassion.
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