Inclusive Leadership and Religion

Authored by: Sarah M. Mutuku , Faith Mutuku Muna , Rachel Mwende M. Murigi , Miriam M. Mutuku-Kioko

The Routledge Companion to Inclusive Leadership

Print publication date:  April  2020
Online publication date:  March  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367265670
eBook ISBN: 9780429294396
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This chapter discusses inclusive leadership in the broader paradigm of religion. It starts with an introduction then goes on to examine the meaning of leadership; the meaning of inclusive leadership and its common traits and principles; and the concept of inclusive leadership and religion. The main religious persuasions are made reference to. The key takeaways, reflective questions and a featured case on how a growing consulting firm operating in Kenya and in the other East African Community (EAC) countries practices inclusive leadership in its operations are presented. The chapter discusses some common traits of inclusive leadership, such as visible commitment, humility, awareness of bias and cultural intelligence. It then reviews some key principles of inclusive leadership, such as leading with equality; having brave, authentic conversations; practicing inclusive meetings; and being fair in assignments. Within the religious discussion, the authors review Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism, Jainism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism and East Asian religions.

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