A Practical Compass for the Forward-Thinking Leader

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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.

Free Tools & Resources to Help You Lead Below the Surface

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Leading Below the Surface Discussion Guide

Use these discussion questions to help delve deeper into below the surface principles within your book club, group, or organization.

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Creating a Culture of Belonging in a Hybrid Work Environment

Download this checklist as a tool to aid in your organization’s transition to a hybrid work environment.

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Below the Surface 30-Day Leadership Challenge

This email-based challenge is designed to help you dig into what it means to lead below the surface. Upon successful completion of this challenge, you will be on your way to incorporating below the surface habits into your day-to-day work and life.

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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.

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.

LaTonya speaks on Below the Surface Leadership at universities, corporations, and other organizations around the world.

About LaTonya

Founder of Change Coaches and author of Leading Below the Surface: How to Build Real (and Psychologically Safe) Relationships with People Who Are Different from You, LaTonya Wilkins specializes in coaching executives on leading “below the surface” to build psychologically safe relationships with their teams across differences. She is a sought-after keynote speaker and has inspired audiences all over the world. Through highly customized coaching, culture academies, and human-centered design services, LaTonya and her team work with various levels of organizations to create cultures of belonging, motivating environments, and amplify the “only ones” at work so they feel more valued, heard, and engaged.

LaTonya has worked with leaders at many well-known companies including Google, GE, The New York Times, and several nonprofits. 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 was rated an “excellent” teacher by her undergraduate business students, and she is also a board member of the LGBTQ+ Alumni Association at Indiana University. She is currently the President of the True Star Youth Foundation board, which is a digital marketing social entrepreneurship company that recently received a Google Impact Award. LaTonya is also a member of the Advisory Board at Women of Color in the Workplace.

LaTonya has been featured in publications such as Fast Company, NPR, Well+Good, and Inc Magazine. She also gained industry recognition when she was recognized on the most inclusive HR influencer list in 2019.

Change Coaches is a team of leadership development professionals who embody the principles written about by founder and CEO LaTonya Wilkins in Leading Below the Surface: REAL leadership, empathetic listening, and psychological safety. LaTonya and her team at Change Coaches are similarly committed to changing workplace culture at its core. 

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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.