“Inclusion” and “belonging” are no longer buzzwords for business workshops or seminars. Companies with diverse workforces attract top talent and statistically outperform their competitors. So why do so many leaders struggle to unite people from different backgrounds or with seemingly competing agendas?
Marc H. Morial, former mayor of New Orleans and current president and CEO of the National Urban League, is revealing the secret to embracing diversity for long-term success. In The Gumbo Coalition: 10 Leadership Lessons That Help You Inspire, Unite, and Achieve [HarperCollins Leadership, May 5, 2020], Morial takes us on his legendary journey of achievement, which includes the launch of his “Gumbo Coalition”— an incredible mixture of New Orleans’ diverse population that helped reduce crime and ignite the city’s historic renaissance in the 1990s.
Filled with inspirational anecdotes and action-oriented leadership strategies, The Gumbo Coalition explores:
- What it takes to be a leader who unites and works for positive change in the world
- How to determine the right course of action—and continue on that course—despite opposition
- Crucial leadership tenets (“gumbo principles) for offering game-changing results for those you lead
- How to be a “gumbo leader:” The necessary combination of skills, abilities, and attributes for becoming a transformative leader
- The best laid plans: Why so many well-intentioned leaders fail to bring their vision to life
- How to lead, fight for, and win for your people in a diplomatic way that does not force you to betray your values