Inclusive Leadership: Transforming Diverse Lives, Workplaces, and Societies

In a time of increasing divisiveness in politics and society there is a desperate need for leaders to bring people together and leverage the power of diversity and inclusion. Inclusive Leadership: Transforming Diverse Lives, Workplaces, and Societies provides leaders with guidance and hands-on strategies for fostering inclusion and explains how and why it matters.

Inclusive Leadership explores cutting-edge theory, research, practice, and experience on the pivotal role of leadership in promoting inclusion in diverse teams, organizations, and societies. Chapters are authored by leading scholars and practitioners in the fields of leadership, diversity, and inclusion. The book is solidly grounded in research on inclusive leadership development, diversity management, team effectiveness, organization development, and intergroup relations. Alongside the exhaustive scholarship are practical suggestions for making teams, groups, organizations, and the larger society more inclusive and, ultimately, more productive.

Leaders and managers at all levels, HR professionals, and members of diverse teams will find Inclusive Leadership invaluable in becoming more effective at cultivating inclusive climates and realizing its many benefits—including innovation, enhanced team and organizational performance, and social justice.

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Author of Chapter 27: Inspiring Inclusion with the Appreciative Leadership Lotus Model

The world is increasing in volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguousness (VUCA). Navigating VUCA successfully requires inclusive leadership: the ability to identify, value, and actively incorporate diverse people, experiences, and ideas to create successful, sustainable solutions. This chapter, based on the author’s work with Appreciative Inquiry and several organizations, takes an appreciative approach to inclusive leadership. This approach increases connection (to oneself and one other) and a sense of shared agency and further inspires inclusion. The author calls this state of being spaciousness, and it can be achieved when organizations take action based on the generative potential of what is working and what is possible, rather than on how to fix what is broken. The chapter positions this appreciative approach and its principles as an important way to foster the experience of, and to promote, inclusion. It further explains appreciative leadership as an inclusive process by which people come together to renew their sense of self and their relationship to one other as they co-create a shared future and commit to heartfelt actions that bring plans into realization. The author uses the metaphor of the lotus to highlight key insights from actual client outcomes that speak to inspiring inclusion and action.

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Thriving Women, Thriving World: An Invitation To Dialogue, Healing And Inspired Actions

Co-Author: This book is a celebration of women. It is an invitation to journey from #MeToo to thriving women via appreciative inquiry, dialogue, and story telling. It addresses topics, through an appreciative lens, that may be difficult to talk about, yet must be talked about to heal social wounds and create conditions for women to thrive worldwide. The book includes a foreword by Taos Institute, co-founder, Mary Gergen, PhD, a chapter describing ways to use the question in the book, and nine chapters containing 94 Appreciative Inquiry questions, poems, stories and specific practices to make a positive difference in the lives of women and girl identified people at home, at school and at work. The final chapter puts forth five Arts of Thriving that emerged in the writing of the book: Curating Life-Affirming Stories, Creating Meaningful Disruptions, Caretaking Generative Relationships, Celebrating Strengths and Successes, and Cultivating Conditions for Thriving. Thriving Women Thriving World is written to be user friendly for female identified, male identified, and gender expansive identified people in separate conversations and together. It is intended to foster relationship enhancing conversations and collaborative actions among people in a wide range of settings around the world. It is a valuable resource for coaches, consultants, facilitators, educators, leaders, and parents – for anyone seeking resources for compassionate conversations about gender issues. The nine authors that collaborated to write this book range in age from 35 to 70. They live in South Africa, Canada, Mexico, and the United States and work on all 7 continents. They bring together expertise in consulting, executive coaching, organizational development, education, community organizing, Appreciative Inquiry, and positive psychology.

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