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The Inclusive Leader: Taking Intentional Action for Justice and Equity
Artika Tyner, author
What is inclusive leadership? How can you take practical steps to pursue justice and equity in your practice and in organizations in which you have a leadership role? The Inclusive Leader provides a pathway for leaders to effect change through reflecting on and grappling with unconscious and implicit biases, encouraging honest discussions, and taking action to change organizational behavior for the better. It provides a practical framework for building the essential leadership competencies rooted in the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Competence in these areas manifests in healthy workplace relations, peak optimized performance, positive morale, and the betterment of society. Dr. Tyner's Leadership Framework for Action™ provides four stages of learning: • intrapersonal (engaging in self-discovery) • interpersonal (building an authentic relationship with others) • organizational (establishing strategic outcomes and promoting equity) • societal (developing sustainable, durable solutions) As you embark on a learning journey within each of these stages, you are making a commitment to serve as a leader who will make a difference in the world. This book will give you the tools to reimagine yourself as an innovator, builder, and change agent.
Tyner’s forward-thinking management guide encourages readers toward becoming well-rounded, inclusive leaders in the community and the workplace, with an emphasis on practical steps toward creating diversity within organizations and identifying and correcting for one’s own implicit biases. The Inclusive Leader calls for creating change by navigating biases head on, encouraging straight-forward discussions within organizations, and taking the initiative to address organizational behavior for the better. By tying this mission to a framework that studies four key linked areas of how we live our lives—the intrapersonal, interpersonal, organizational, and societal aspects of living—Tyner demonstrates how leadership and organizational success are rooted in the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Simply put, healthy DEI makes for healthier workplace interactions, better job performance, and ultimately the betterment of society itself.

The founding director of The Center on Race, Leadership, and Social Justice at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, Tyner lays out that framework with eloquent clarity, urging leaders to increase their cultural intelligence and set DEI goals—and commit to them. Inclusive leadership is a practice, not a talking point, one that demands leaders “actively seek out and consider different views and perspectives to inform better decision-making” and “see diverse talent as a source of competitive advantage and inspire diverse people to drive organizational and individual performance towards a shared vision.'" Case studies, charts, infographics, copious original and practical advice, and thoughtful tools for reflection make the case and encourage readers to pause, reflect, and grow.

Tyner is precise and to-the-point, offering an informative and often entertaining roadmap whose principles apply to all manner of workplaces or organizations, perfect for readers entering management, entrepreneurs looking to create a comfortable environment for their employees, or anyone already in a position of leadership. The Inclusive Leader is a comprehensive, up-to-date toolbox designed to help readers build new ways of seeing, thinking, and leading—and to lead by example in fostering diverse, positive, welcoming environments in the workplace or the community.

Takeaway: A clear, precise how-to guide for leaders ready to walk the walk when it comes to diversity and inclusion.

Great for fans of: Rita Server’s Leading for Justice, Jennifer Brown’s Inclusion.

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