Engaged and Equitable Leadership

Designing an organization where everyone thrives begins with engaged leadership. As discussed in the previous chapter, IDEA requires power brokers who can redesign systems and cultures; if leaders aren’t on board, IDEA initiatives will be ineffective or inauthentic.

Engaged leaders are willing to use their power and influence to design a more equitable system so everyone has equal access to opportunity within their organizations. Equitable leadership requires going against established “best practices” at times, taking time to listen to others, and relentlessly questioning one’s assumptions and beliefs. But first, equitable leaders must become comfortable with difference, seeing unity in diversity. When they ...

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