Get ready to navigate race, gender, age, physical ability, sexual orientation and more in your company and within NAWBO with greater respect, compassion and dignity. Here are several books we love by female authors and co-authors to help guide you:
The Remix: How to Lead and Succeed
in the Multi-Generational Workplace By Lindsey Pollak
With the workforce now consisting of four generations with differing styles and ideals, managing across life stages and experience levels can be a challenge. This is a guide to leading multiple generations without alienating anyone. It offers advice on bridging gaps in communication, culture and values and soliciting the best performance from every group.
How to Be an Inclusive Leader: Creating Trust,
Cooperation and Community Across Differences by Jennifer Brown
This book offers a comprehensive step-by-step guide to acknowledging privilege and preconceptions, advocating for employees and amplifying lesser heard voices. No wonder it’s one of the best-selling diversity books; it lays out manager responsibilities for creating cultures where every employee feels welcomed and empowered.
The Leader’s Guide to Unconscious Bias: How to Reframe Bias, Cultivate Connection
and Create High-Performance Teams by Pamela Fuller, Mark Murphy and Anne Chow
Since leaders have such great influence over hiring decisions and work environments, it’s especially important for them to understand potential prejudices. By exploring the neuroscience behind bias and championing a more mindful approach, this book teaches leaders how to recognize and overcome internal influences.
Subtle Acts of Exclusion: How to Understand, Identify
and Stop Microaggressions by Tiffany Jana and Michael Baran
You have likely heard the term microaggressions, but may not fully understand what they are or how to recognize and stop them from happening. This book offers a clearer, more accessible term, subtle acts of exclusion, to emphasize the purpose and effects of these actions. After all, people generally aren’t trying to be aggressive—usually, they’re trying to say something nice, be funny or build closeness.
Inclusify: The Power of Uniqueness and Belonging
to Build Innovative Teams by Stefanie K. Johnson, PhD
While many organizations make efforts to recruit differing voices, they often fail to harmonize them. This book is a recipe for high-performing, inventive teams whose members stand out but still feel like a part of the whole. It includes practical teamwork and management strategies that empower individuals while rallying the group around a shared purpose.
Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People
by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald
Psychologist authors explore the subject of unconscious biases, examining how experiences and ideas subtly shape ways of thinking. Relying on scientific methods such as the Implicit Association Test, the authors show how to spot and confront preconceptions. This book frames bias as a human characteristic rather than a character flaw.
Diversity in the Workplace: Eye-Opening Interviews to Jumpstart
Conversations About Identity, Privilege and Bias by Bärí A. Williams
While many diversity books focus on singular identities, this one gives a nod to intersectionality and the differences of experience involved in belonging to multiple minority groups. The book provides space for reflection at the end of each section, as well as tips for carrying out constructive conversations about inclusion.