Inclusive Leadership: Understanding Self to Lead Others
Explore self-awareness, inclusive leadership principles and the key to more equitable and effective organizations in this course led by a clinical business communication expert.

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Program Information

Each of us has a unique identity that is shaped by history, socialization and culture. Workplaces that acknowledge individuals’ unique identities cultivate inclusion and a sense of belonging that allows all to be their authentic self. Individuals who can be their authentic selves are more productive, have higher levels of trust, and contribute to organizational success. Addressing unconscious bias takes training, practice and a conscious effort. A corporation is only as good as its culture.

Course Overview

  • Session One: Explore all aspects of your identity, building the foundation to examine the legacy and value of your uniqueness as an aspect of self-awareness.
  • Session Two: Develop relationship management through the lens of interpersonal communication with a specific focus on inclusive teams.
  • Session Three: Examine how authentic leaders can foster inclusive excellence and lead with humanity.


An important aspect of our programs is the ability to share your accomplishment with important stakeholders. Upon completing Inclusive Leadership: Understanding Self to Lead Others, you will earn a digital badge recognizing your new proficiency. Share and showcase your achievements by posting your digital badge on online resumes and social networks such as LinkedIn.

Key Takeaways / Curriculum:

These interactive, exploratory and reflective sessions will help you:

  • Understand the legacy and value of your unique identity to your role as a leader
  • Assess how the self (and knowledge of the self) relates to issues of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging
  • Understand how trust, empathy and civility are integral to creating inclusive organizations
  • Develop your leadership skills and your ability to work humanely with others
  • Apply inclusive leadership principles to managing an organization and cultivating a culture of belonging
  • Create more inclusive and equitable organizations and organizational cultures
  • Identify practices to help you overcome barriers to diversity, equity and inclusion, including prejudice, stereotyping, implicit bias, micro-aggressions and discrimination.
  • Explain some of how managing diversity, equity and inclusion is essential for achieving organizational effectiveness and improving the quality of life in local and global environments

Who Should

This course is designed for leaders and aspiring leaders who desire to create and lead inclusive and equity-minded organizations that position diversity as a sustainable strategic imperative.

Foster the confidence to lead in this challenging business world with artificial intelligence and machine learning increasingly displacing workers. AI technology delivers best when it serves human needs while teamwork delivers success when it is innovative, mindful, and curious. The Humanistic Leadership collection of courses give you the insights, tools, skills and passion to get your teams and business thriving.



9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


9 hours total, 3 hours per each of 3 sessions


First DatesOct 18, 20 & 25 2022

Second DatesTo Be Announced

Program Cost


COURSE DISCLAIMEREvery reasonable effort will be made to ensure this course runs as described on this webpage. Please note that course dates and professors are subject to change. You will be notified by email in advance if there is a date or professor change. Additionally, this course requires a minimum number of registrants to take place. You will be notified by email if the course does not meet this minimum.


This program will take place with three 3-hour live, synchronous sessions that include small group breakout sessions and discussions. The live sessions allow for immediate clarification and real-time teaching with the faculty member. Additionally, asynchronous activities and content will be provided by the faculty on our learning management system.

Program Faculty

Naomi Warren

Associate Professor of Clinical Business Communication

Naomi Warren specializes in communication issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, with a particular emphasis on race, gender, social class, media representations, politics, and policy. Her teaching, research, and consulting are informed by her professional experience as an accountant in the transportation, manufacturing, health care, service, retail, entertainment, and legal sectors and her doctoral research in communication studies, rhetoric, race, and the politics of representation. She was honored with a Golden Apple Teaching Award in 2005 and 2010. Service commitments include advising Marshall’s international case competition teams and serving on the University Diversity Committee.

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