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Inclusive Leadership: Equity and Belonging in Our Communities

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Editors: Joanne Barnes, Michael J. Stevens, Bjørn Zakarias Ekelund, Karen Perham-Lippman (Emerald Publishing, 2023)

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“It is often tempting to proclaim, ‘We’ve come a long way,’ but the persistent challenges faced by historically underrepresented and marginalized individuals tell a different story. In a world where not everyone is granted equal opportunities and the “just keep trying” mantra persists, there remains an urgent need to practice and understand diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB).

Inclusive Leadership: Equity and Belonging in Our Communities, serves as a guide to what it means and looks like to be an ally and advocate for DEIB and will illuminate the path for you, your leadership, and all who seek to prioritize and implement fostering inclusivity and fairness.” – Daisy Auger-Domínguez, author of Inclusion Revolution: The Essential Guide to Dismantling Racial Inequity in the Workplace and Chief People Officer at Vice Media

Table of Contents

Joanne Barnes, Michael J. Stevens, Bjørn Zakarias Ekelund, Karen Perham-Lippman

Chapter 1: Shared Equity Leadership: A New Model for Making Inclusion and Equity Part of Organizational Culture
Natsumi Ueda, Adrianna Kezar and Elizabeth Holcombe

Chapter 2: Inclusive Leadership and Power
Valerie J. Davis and Katrina S. Rogers

Chapter 3: Cultural Humility and Inclusion: Transformation to a Culture of Belonging
Joanne Barnes, Janice Branch Hall and Brad Grubb

Chapter 4: The Impact of Colonialism on Inclusion and Belonging in Organizations
Catherine T. Kwantes, Bryanne Smart and Wendi L. Adair

Chapter 5: The Development of Future Leaders’ Inclusive Competencies: Lessons From a Business Management Course
Stacy Menezes, Allan Bird and Michael J. Stevens

Chapter 6: Advancing Gender Equality in Higher Education in South Africa: Emboldening Women Leaders in Complex Contexts
Birgit Schreiber and Denise Zinn

Chapter 7: Building Diverse and Inclusive Faculty Teams: Practices in Inclusive Leadership in Higher Education
Jacqueline N. Gustafson and Charles Lee-Johnson

Chapter 8: Inclusive Leadership for Social Justice: DEIB Leadership Programs and Organizations
Antonio Jimenez-Luque and Lea Hubbard

Chapter 9: Addressing the Goal of Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education and Lifelong Learning for All
Carolyn M. Shields

Chapter 10: Research–Practice Partnership to Reform Special Education Service Delivery in Boston Public Schools
Aashna Khurana, Martin Scanlan, Julia Bott and Ethan d’Ablemont Burnes

Chapter 11: An Inclusive Language of Diversity
Bjørn Zakarias Ekelund

Chapter 12: Inclusive Leadership: Guide and Tools
Yael Hellman

Chapter 13: How Inclusive Leaders Can Influence Employee Engagement
Rosalind F. Cohen

Chapter 14: Fostering an Inclusive Organization Through the Power of Storytelling
Cary Snow, Valencia Gabay, Tamarah Danielle Brownlee and Trenae Thomas

Chapter 15: Achieving Societal Equality by Building Inclusive Corporate Boards
Karen Perham-Lippman, Yolanda Caldwell and Tissa Richards

Chapter 16: Creating Inclusive Leadership in Rural Communities: Lessons Learned in Rural Minnesota
Jennifer Aranda, Scott Chazdon, Jocelyn I. Hernandez-Swanson, Tobias Spanier and Ellen Wolter

Chapter 17: Inclusive Leadership From a Force Commander’s Perspective
Cornelis Johannes (Kees) Matthijssen and Anne-Marij Strikwerda-Verbeek

Chapter 18: Diversity From an Organizational Perspective: Building a Culture
Donald Williams, Jr.

Chapter 19: Decolonization and Inclusion: Widening the Circle
Niels Agger-Gupta, Shauneen Pete and Nikki Bade

Chapter 20: Muslimophobia: Overcoming Religious Discrimination and Exclusion in the Workplace
Nurcan Ensari and Ronald E. Riggio

Chapter 21: The Reciprocity of Dignity: Transforming Us/Them Narratives Through Inclusive Dialogue
Linda Kligman, Justin Mui, Henry L. McClendon, Jr and Flor García Mencos

Chapter 22: Social Justice Leader Case Studies Assessed Through the Lens of Connective Leadership™
Sarah Smith Orr

Chapter 23: Iran’s Woman Life Freedom Movement: How Leadership Emerged
Keyhan Shams and Trisha Gott

Editors of Inclusive Leadership at ILA's 2023 Global Conference (L-R) Michael J. Stevens, Joanne Barnes, Bjørn Zakarias Ekelund, and Karen Perham-Lippman
Editors of Inclusive Leadership at ILA's 2023 Global Conference
(L-R) Michael J. Stevens, Joanne Barnes, Bjørn Zakarias Ekelund, and Karen Perham-Lippman

About the Co-Editors

Joanne Barnes, Ed.D., is a Professor in the Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership program at Indiana Wesleyan University and Senior Consultant with Kozai Group focusing on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB). She serves on the board of Houghton University and the International Leadership Association. She was a Master Coach for the 2019/2020 United Nations (UN) WE Empower winners and Coach for the 2018 UN WE Empower winners. She presents at top conferences on leadership and has publications on women and leadership, cultural intelligence, and global leadership. She is the Lead Editor for SAGE DEIB Business Skills and serves on editorial review boards. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Michael J. Stevens, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Presidential Professor at Weber State University and consults widely with businesses and nonprofits. His expertise includes leadership and organizational culture; leveraging people and culture for competitive advantage; intercultural effectiveness for diverse and inclusive workplaces; and leadership assessment, selection, and development. His award-winning research includes the creation and validation of assessments that measure a person’s competencies to work successfully in self-managed teams and culturally diverse environments. To date, his assessments have been taken by 275,000+ people in over 130 countries. He is a Founding Partner of the Kozai Group, Inc., a global leadership development and assessment consultancy. He has held leadership and board positions in industry, government, education, and not-for-profit enterprises.

Bjørn Zakarias Ekelund, Psychologist (Norway), M.B.A. (UK). In 1993, he established Human Factors, an organizational psychology consulting company where he now works as a Chairman and Senior Consultant. The company and he himself are most known for the development in 1995 of Diversity Icebreaker®, a concept that has been used by multiple facilitators in more than 75 countries and is presented in his book Unleashing the Power of Diversity. How to Open Minds for Good (2019). In 2008, he was awarded “Consultant of the Year” in Norway. He has published 6 books and over 30 scientific articles.

Karen Perham-Lippman, CDP, CAGS, has over a decade of experience implementing diversity, equity, inclusion; environmental, social and governance; and corporate social responsibility strategies globally. Karen is an adjunct professor in the Business Center at Community College of Denver, which serves Colorado’s most diverse student population. In 2021, she received a governor’s appointment to Colorado’s Business Experiential Learning Commission. She has been recognized with awards for leadership and service, is a Certified Diversity Professional and is ACUE-certified for designing learner centered and equitable courses. She is formerly Jensen Hughes’ Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director. She has been published with Emerald, SAGE Publishing, Merits International Journal, and Ethics International Press and is a Ph.D. candidate in Organizational Leadership at Eastern University.

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