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Leading Below the Surface is a prolific compass for the forward-thinking leader. Inspired by organizational culture research, social psychology, neuroscience, and the real-life experiences of culture leader LaTonya Wilkins, this book disrupts the way we think about traditional leadership to achieve truly diverse, equitable, and inclusive cultures of belonging in the workplace. No matter what level of an organization you are in, you will gain something valuable for your career in this book.

Foreword by Amy Edmondson, Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School and author of The Fearless Organization.

SUMMARY

Leading Below the Surface is a prolific compass for the forward-thinking leader. Inspired by organizational culture research, social psychology, neuroscience, and the real-life experiences of culture leader LaTonya Wilkins, this book disrupts the way we think about traditional leadership to achieve truly diverse, equitable, and inclusive cultures of belonging in the workplace. No matter what level of an organization you are in, you will gain something valuable for your career in this book.

Foreword by Amy Edmondson, Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School and author of The Fearless Organization.

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Below the Surface Leadership is a radically inclusive leadership archetype focused on replacing the toxic “surface-ness” of traditional corporate culture with cultures of belonging.

About LaTonya

Founder of The Change Coaches, LaTonya Wilkins partners with executives, upwardly mobile professionals, and teams to build cultures of belonging through highly customized coaching and consulting services. She is a sought-after keynote speaker and has inspired audiences all over the world. She built her career working in HR, talent management and learning & development at Fortune 500 companies before teaching and taking on progressive leadership roles at the University of Illinois’ Gies College of Business. LaTonya is currently the President of the True Star Youth Foundation board. She gained industry recognition when she was featured on the peer-nominated list of most inclusive HR influencers in 2019. 

LaTonya developed her signature concept of Below the Surface Leadership based on her own experience climbing the corporate ladder and researching across disciplines while constantly being the “only one” on her teams. This revolutionary approach to leadership is about creating psychologically safe relationships across differences, empowering underrepresented employees to feel valued, heard, and engaged, and creating cultures of belonging in the workplace.  

What You Will Learn

Executives

You will learn how to create true cultures of belonging by leading below the surface, and through building real relationships with people who are different from you. Think of it as DEI 2.0. We all want to get there.

Individual Contributors

You will learn how to advance your career while remaining authentic to who you are. You will also learn new ways to influence real personal and professional belonging in the workplace.

Managers

You will learn how to make meaningful shifts to foster real belonging within your teams.

HR, DEI Leaders, and other related professionals

You will learn how to create real cultures of belonging so you can take all of your DEI efforts to the next level.

LaTonya’s clients often describe her as approachable, non-judgmental, inspiring, creative, unique, and insightful. You may experience her the same way as you read through Leading Below the Surface. 

Marcia Reynolds
World-renowned Leadership Coach and Author of Coach the Person, Not the Problem and The Discomfort Zone
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LaTonya Wilkins wrote the book that speaks the uncomfortable and powerful truth about the failure of DEI programs. Leading Below the Surface teaches us how to embody inclusion, going beyond trying to say and do the “right things.” The result will be what we all have been hoping for: Finally developing real organizational cultures that truly embrace the brilliance of all people who walk through their doors.
Joel Wright
Founder of the Leadership Forum Community
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Read this book at least twice! Maybe I'm slow but on my second read I was able to go even deeper providing greater below the surface insights to myself, how I can lead better, and how I can show up with and for others. Leading Below the Surface helps you become a more conscious leader, increasing your awareness and desire to create a more intentional impact. It will increase your own understanding of yourself, others, the conditions for a more inclusive culture, and help you hone and heighten your intentional impact. Slowing down and digging deeper is central to this book and applying its wisdom, even while curiosity is exciting you to speed up.
Rabbi Josh Fixer
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LaTonya has been an incredibly valuable resource for us over the last year. She helped me to understand myself as a leader. LaTonya has helped our congregation better understand belonging and the ways our culture contributes to it. She helped us get below the surface in our own organization to strengthen our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) work. I am so excited that LaTonya published Leading Below the Surface because I know that many others will now have the same opportunity we’ve had; for LaTonya to challenge us to grow in ways we never thought possible. Now all of you can access the same approaches that have worked so well for us!
Idie Kesner
Dean of the Kelley School of Business / Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management / Professor of Management
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LaTonya Wilkins opens up a new way of thinking about leadership, welcoming readers to the lessons she’s learned over the years – lessons about how leaders can build deeper, non-superficial relationships with the people they lead. She teaches us that Leading Below The Surface not only helps people build better relationships with the individuals they lead and better cultures for their organizations, but the lessons she offers can help leaders build richer and more rewarding careers for themselves.  Filled with actionable steps and exercises, Wilkins provides ideas for how to build the skills needed to lead in today’s diverse, multi-cultural work environment – skills, which too often lie below the surface, just waiting to be tapped.

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A NOTE FROM LATONYA

I wrote this book as a self-coaching tool to share these revolutionary principles with underrepresented individuals and established leaders alike in all types of organizations, large and small.

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