About The Souls of Queer Folk: How Understanding LGBTQ+ Culture Can Transform Your Leadership Practice:
You’d be hard-pressed to find a leader who doesn’t want to be better.
Yet, at a time when leaders are being asked to do more with fewer resources, modern professionals are having a difficult time leading in a distinctive, powerful, and transformative way. At a time when leaders are feeling besieged, the question is: to whom should they turn to learn, develop, and embody a new form of inspired leadership? For some, the answer may be surprising. As we start to appreciate the diversity in our world and the talent that comes from underserved markets and underrepresented communities, our society has a great opportunity to refashion our workplaces, rethink how we lead our social organizations and educational institutions, and rebuild our communities. In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Davis Brown demonstrates how the values and norms of the LGBTQ+ community are instructive for leaders in all types of business and industry and can serve as the foundation for a bold, new brand of transformative leadership.
Using quantitative and qualitative research methods, Dr. Davis Brown conducted a study to illuminate the lived experiences and cultural values of the LGBTQ+ community.
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Dr. Joel A. Davis Brown is a public speaker, poet, entrepreneur, and self-identified “nerd” specializing in organizational strategy and culture, transformational leadership, global inclusion, executive coaching, conflict resolution, and strategic storytelling. Best known for his critical analysis, creativity, humor, and his ability to build consensus, Joel has partnered with Fortune 500 Companies, non-profit organizations, and government agencies on 6 continents to help them achieve sustained growth and organizational breakthroughs. His clients have ranged from LinkedIn to the United Nations, and his “sweet spots” have included diversity, equity, and inclusion, emotional intelligence, anti-racism, LGBTQ+ inclusion, interpersonal dialogue, and intercultural communication. Joel is an adjunct professor at the IESEG School of Management in Paris & Lille, France, where he teaches Storytelling for Leaders and Story Listening. As a change agent, Joel works strategically to cultivate innovative, creative, and adaptive environments where the cultural genius™ of everyone can be harnessed and leveraged successfully.