Leadership Intelligence needs to be more inclusive and effective within their work, especially working with people from different perspectives, experiences, and identities.
In this episode, the book “Inclusive Intelligence” is reviewed and here are the key points:
👉 Inclusive Intelligence book review
👉 Inclusion versus Diversity
👉 Exercises to assess inclusive intelligence
👉 Cultural wisdom and Intelligence
👉 Inclusive Intelligence in Leadership
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For this episode, I’m going to speak about a leadership book that we read in the Leadership Book Club this month. The book is called Inclusive Intelligence and there was quite a bit of valuable information from the book. So I’ll just start by giving a very general sense of the book.
So the book is generally about inclusive intelligence. This is the intelligence that a leader needs to be more inclusive and effective within their work, and especially working with people from multiple different perspectives and experiences and identities. Now, generally the book, the author wrote the book from a first person perspective and share some of their own.
Lived experiences of feeling excluded and included. Also during the book club, we all agreed that the author wrote with a lot of graciousness towards people and understanding for why some people would be more inclusive than others, or some people wouldn’t have known that their behavior was somehow exclusionary.
So I thought that that was really lovely. Also, the author gave some really great examples of moments where they felt excluded and. Of these kind of like subtle things that can happen in the workplace but don’t necessarily result in an inclusive experience for all. One of those examples was an experience that they had during Ramadan and how something very subtle, which was well-intentioned by the organization, resulted in some of the organization feeling very supported and cared for, but the author themselves feeling very excluded and forgotten.
And I don’t want to give it away. I want you to read the book. It is a book I’d recommend reading. I’d recommend reading it with the expectation to have a first person experience and to think about leadership through a different lens, maybe to what traditional leadership books are speaking about. A, because the author’s own experience of leadership is different, but also B, because the author brings your attention to inclusive intelligence and how important that is.
The parts that members of the group found particularly valuable were that the book was practical, very reflective. There’s lots of coaching exercises and reflective exercises throughout the book, and some really practical inclusion things that you can do to assess your own inclusive intelligence.
And what I liked about the book was that the author focused on the inclusion aspect rather than the diversity aspect, which meant that the author wasn’t really telling you. What to do or what’s right and wrong, but instead was enhancing your critical thinking and your reflective practice and your ability to think about inclusion beyond just labels.
The other things was that the way the author described certain phrases and the quotes that they used that was loved by the book club tho, that way of communicating supported many of the readers. It’s also something I particularly liked. The first person accounts that the author gave of their experience allowed you to connect to the story that was being shared rather than sometimes how hard data is used to try and persuade change.
It felt like the author was actually gifting us something while we read the book. It led to multiple other conversations and considerations for us. One of which was brought about thinking about how religious identities and experiences are included and excluded in society without much thought. One of the prime examples is that in the West, a lot of the natural working year and holidays and bank holidays.
And so from my point of view, I think it’s a great read. It’s one you could probably do on holidays. I highly recommend doing the coaching and reflective activities. Because I think they brought the value to life. So it’s not just a book about knowledge, it’s a book about connection relating to the importance of inclusive intelligence.