What does it mean, practically, to be an inclusive leader? And what happens to your business, team, and leadership when you embark on the journey?
In this thoughtful episode, Jennifer Brown takes a deeper dive into what it takes to be an inclusive leader and examines the challenges and mindsets that continue to hold many leaders back. Combining nearly two decades of professional DEI expertise with personal experience and reflection, she tackles complex topics such as identity, privilege, and systemic inequities. Brown makes the journey to becoming an inclusive leader accessible and actionable.
Whether you are well on your inclusive leadership journey or just beginning, Jennifer meets you where you are and equips you to take action.
4:35 – The power of realizing your leadership deficits
7:43 – Walking the talk of inclusive leadership in her Jennifer’s leadership role
9:25 – What it means to be an inclusive leader and practice inclusive leadership
14:13 – Why it’s important to recognize the cultural pace of change when it comes to leadership and why you can’t possible know everything all the time (and to be okay with that and approach everything with curiosity).
17:46 – The power of recognizing your own identities.
22:24 – Some of the persistent leadership challenges where bias fuels decisions.
26:32 – The challenge of finding comfort in sameness and how you can overcome that constraint to being an inclusive leader.
30:30 – Why leaders can and should share what’s on their heart, what troubles them – and tapping into that fuel to change the system.
33:18 – How to help people feeling a sense of loss reframe cultural transformation and step into the value of it for them – and everyone else.
39:05 – The false promise of “meritocracy” and how to balance in favor of fairness.
40:15 – Tips on creating an inclusive culture with remote teams.
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