How to Be an Inclusive Leader

Your Role in Creating Cultures of Belonging Where Everyone Can Thrive

We know why diversity is important, but how do we drive real change at work?

In this book, diversity and inclusion expert Jennifer Brown provides a step-by-step guide for the personal and emotional journey we must undertake to create an inclusive workplace where everyone is welcomed, valued, respected, and heard.

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Praise for How to Be an Inclusive Leader

“Though most leaders possess the desire to have more inclusive organizations, many quietly struggle with the challenge of not knowing how. Jennifer Brown’s How to Be an Inclusive Leader gives courageous and compassionate executives a simple yet powerful blueprint for how to create true belonging and a culture where everyone can thrive. I highly recommend this book.”

Rha Goddess

Founder and CEO, Move the Crowd, and author of The Calling

“Jennifer and I have a shared purpose in inspiring people to become the inclusive leaders our world needs. This book brings that purpose to life in a necessary read—an intuitive, accessible road map that will inspire you to step up, put your voice into action, and discover how to play a part in building inclusive organizations for all.”

Torin Perez

TED Resident and Author of Who Am I to Lead?

“With this important contribution, Jennifer Brown invites readers to see themselves in the inclusion conversation and in the solution. How to Be an Inclusive Leader provides a road map to step into conversations, however imperfectly, and to learn to take action—and ultimately become someone others would consider an ally or advocate.” 

Michael Skolnik

Cofounder of The Soze Agency

“From subconscious biases that affect hiring decisions to systemic blind spots that perpetuate unequal advancement opportunities, the modern workforce is rife with inequalities. How to Be an Inclusive Leader is all about deepening your awareness so you can be a part of the solution. Jennifer is giving the call to action we all need!”

Adam Pisoni

Founder and CEO, Abl Schools

“This is the essential book so many people have been asking for. A clear how-to guide that meets leaders where they are and helps them move forward as inclusive leaders. Jennifer Brown guides us with grace and candor through her easy-to-understand framework of becoming an inclusive leader. Whether you have long been part of this conversation or are just joining it, this book has much to offer.”

Dolly Chugh

Associate Professor, NYU Stern School of Business, and Author of The Person You Mean to Be

“Sometimes it seems like inequality is a massive, unfixable problem. This book shows that isn’t true. Every single person can take simple steps to make his or her organization a more welcoming, inclusive environment where everyone can thrive. This book is an exceptional resource for the modern leader!”

Aaron Hurst

Cofounder and CEO, Imperative, Author of The Purpose Economy and Fast Company’s Purposeful CEO series, and founder of Taproot Foundation

“Jennifer’s book is a must-read for anyone passionate about excelling in the art of inclusion.”

Tina Alexis Allen

Actress and Author of Hiding Out

“To feel joy at work and do good work, we need to be ourselves and be appreciated for the talent we bring. Yet it’s not easy to create an inclusive workplace without the skill and information we need to do that. Jennifer Brown’s book provides that resource to enable us, as employers, to transform our workplace into one in which all employees feel that they belong.”

Louise Chernin

President and CEO, GSBA, Washington State’s LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce

“Creating a culture of belonging requires each of us to harness our ability, and our responsibility, to ensure others are welcomed, valued, respected, and heard. With this book, Jennifer is empowering each of us with the tools to effect meaningful change in our workplaces.”

Kimberley Messer

Global Diversity Business Development Leader, North America, IBM

“With How to Be an Inclusive Leader, Jennifer Brown clearly shares what any individual can do to leverage one’s privilege on behalf of those who may not yet have an influential voice, as well as help shape the solutions. It’s ultimately about becoming a leader—a meaningful ally and equality advocate for all.”

Monica L. Boll

Managing Director and Operations Account Executive, Accenture

“Wow! Jennifer Brown really gets it. Her book How to Be an Inclusive Leader is a smart, moving, and—best of all—convincing manual for how to become the inclusive leaders we so desperately need. Her sage advice is perfect for all leaders, regardless of where they’re starting on the path to becoming aware of privilege and bias and no matter the industry. This is one heck of a human book that really just might change the world.”

Erica Keswin

Founder of the Spaghetti Project and author of Bring Your Human to Work

“Jennifer takes a tricky and nuanced subject and makes it accessible and encouraging. I love how she gives the tools needed to create change from both an individual and organizational level, using compelling examples across industries.”

Claire Wasserman

Founder and CEO, Ladies Get Paid

“Jennifer Brown is incredibly thought-provoking, especially around the concepts of fairness, equity, privilege, and what it means to be on the right side of social change.”

Erin Uritus

CEO Out & Equal Workplace Advocates