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Inclusive Leadership: From Awareness to Action

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Inclusive Leadership: From Awareness to Action helps readers to move from knowledge about unconscious bias to practical inclusive actions in their everyday work. The book outlines the current inclusion landscape, including major trends, the business case for inclusion and diversity, the problem of “bias fatigue,” and the importance of both empathy and psychological safety.

Leaders at various levels, whether they are working with a diverse domestic team or with colleagues from around the world, will find relatable examples, anecdotes, advice, and useful recommendations for converting positive intentions into effective action steps.

The authors’ combined global experience of more than 50 years enables them to demonstrate how global inclusion initiatives can be combined with local insights to recruit, develop, retain, and engage valuable employees around the world, meanwhile mitigating a range of legal and other risks.

They discuss the most powerful organizational levers borne out by decades of research and practical experience – recruitment, executive engagement, coaching or mentoring, key performance indicators, and company policies – and how leaders can best leverage these.

Throughout the book, Dr. Gundling and Dr. Williams provide vital insights and actionable behaviors that leaders can implement in order to better achieve their goals.

About the Authors

Ernest Gundling, Ph.D., is a co-founder and managing partner of Aperian Global. He assists clients in building strategic global approaches to leadership development, inclusion and diversity, and cross-border business relationships. He has lived and traveled extensively in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, including six years as an expatriate in Japan. A frequent keynote speaker and the author of five previous books—including What is Global Leadership?, Global Diversity, and Leading Across New Borders—he has also served for twenty-five years as a Lecturer at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Cheryl Williams, Ph.D., is a highly regarded subject matter expert on global workforce inclusion, diversity matters, cultural competency and leadership across boundaries. She spent over twenty-five years in leadership roles in the entertainment and high technology industries where she managed employee education and training, recruitment, stafng, internal communications, employee relations, and community relations. She has worked extensively in over fifty countries, and serves as Professor Emeritus at Concordia University, Irvine, California.

Additional Info


NameInclusive Leadership: From Awareness to Action
AuthorDr. Ernest Gundling^Cheryl Williams
Published Year2019
Page Count246
Book PublisherAperian Global