Planting seeds

A call to inclusive leadership


Inclusive leadership is more important than ever, and includes more than recognizing cultural, ethnic, and gender differences. It is critical for companies and organizations that want to attract and retain the brightest and most innovative minds to meet future challenges in a world of global business, economic, and societal change. How are you taking action to lead inclusively? This is an invitation to embark on a leadership journey. My latest book, “The Inclusive Leader: Taking Intentional Action for Justice and Equity,” serves as a guide on this journey. It provides key tools and strategies for building a more just and inclusive society.
To be inclusive leaders, we have to be rooted in our core values. Inclusive leadership is a values-based approach. It is based upon the core principle that all human beings have the right to be valued, respected, and appreciated. This value is manifested by honoring human dignity.
We need to think about the skills needed to be an effective leader and keep in mind what we hope to accomplish. The book supports the development of fundamental leadership skills which include building a collective vision and engaging in strategic planning. In the book, I provide the four essential stages for being an inclusive leader in my Leadership Framework for Action. This includes: intrapersonal, interpersonal, organizational, and societal. All of those elements must be present for effective and inclusive leadership. This will help you develop a collective vision, shared goals, and a strong team to pursue justice in the workplace and in the world.
Each of the four stages of learning provides an opportunity to pause, reflect, and grow.
The intrapersonal dimension focuses on a process of engaging in self-discovery. You will explore your leadership story, which is shaped by your cultural values, socialization, and beliefs. This story serves as the foundation of your leadership platform since it informs why you lead and how will make a difference in the world.
The interpersonal stage aids in developing and strengthening effective teams. This stresses the importance of cultivating diverse talent with the goal in mind of unleashing the power of innovation. Research indicates that diverse teams outperform less diverse teams through revenue generation.
An organizational framework provides a roadmap for transforming your organizational culture and improving performance. It begins with a clear vision for your organizational purpose and goals. My Strategic Action Plan outlines how to create inclusive organizational policies and evaluate your diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
The societal dimension promotes the values of our shared humanity and common destiny. It is a clear call to action to address the most pressing social justice challenges of our time, from ending mass incarceration to bridging the wealth gap. Inclusive leaders are innovators committed to the betterment of society.
Inclusion is a call to action each and every day. It requires deliberate and intentional action in order for inclusion to materialize. The words of retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan C. Page can serve as inspiration for your leadership journey: “How we act today, and every day for the rest of our lives, will define who we are.” Today, make a commitment to serve as an inclusive leader. Define yourself as an innovator, community builder, and agent of change.
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“An insightful, wide-ranging blueprint for building better, more diverse workplaces.” ~ Kirkus Reviews
“Dr. Tyner’s book is at once an effective wake-up call, a strong cup of coffee to get people moving, and a set of clear, concise calendar prompts to help them move in the right strategic directions.” ~ Resmaa Menakem, New York Times best-selling author of “My Grandmother’s Hands”


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