Inclusive Leadership: From Awareness to Action

The latest publication from thought leaders Dr. Gundling and Dr. Williams examines the urgency for inclusive practices in the workplace, provides practical steps for leaders and employees to become more inclusive and outlines five critical change levers necessary to create an inclusive work culture.

The authors take a critical look at inclusion trends such as avoiding “bias fatigue”, the importance of psychological safety, and why local knowledge is necessary for any successful inclusion initiative. The book also offers key insights and actionable behaviors to become a more inclusive and effective leader.

Inclusive Leadership: From Awareness to Action is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (3 PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.

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What You’ll Take Away


See what practical actions leaders and employees can take to become more inclusive.


Read examples of how cultural competence can counteract unconscious bias.


Learn the five important developmental stages to effectively build inclusive behaviors.

About the Authors

Ernest Gundling, Ph.D.

Ernest Gundling, Ph.D. is a co-founder and managing partner of Aperian Global. He assists clients in developing strategic global approaches to inclusive leadership, organizational development, and relationships with key business partners. The author of five books – including What is Global Leadership?, Global Diversity and Leading Across New Borders – he has also served for 25 years as a lecturer at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Cheryl Williams, Ph.D.

Cheryl Williams, Ph.D. is a highly regarded subject matter expert on global workforce inclusion, diversity matters, cultural competency and leadership across boundaries. She spent over twenty-five years in leadership roles in the entertainment and high technology industries where she managed employee education and training, recruitment, staffing, internal communications, employee relations, and community relations. Dr. Williams is a Professor at Concordia University, Irvine, California.