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Publisher's Summary

Named by The Washington Post as one of the 11 Leadership Books to Read in 2018

Forty-one-year Army veteran General (Ret.) Martin Dempsey and 41-year-old UC Berkeley associate professor Ori Brafman have been friends for almost 10 years. Though they have almost nothing in common, their collaboration has produced a powerful message. Their new book, Radical Inclusion, examines today’s leadership landscape and describes the change it demands of leaders.

Dempsey and Brafman persuasively explain that today’s leaders are in competition for the trust and confidence of those they lead more than ever before. They assert that the nature of power is changing and should not be measured by degree of control alone. They offer principles for adaptation and bring them to life with examples from business, academia, government, and the military.

In building their argument, Dempsey and Brafman introduce several concepts that illuminate both the vulnerability and the opportunity in leading today:

  • Radical Inclusion. Fear of losing control in our fast-paced, complex, highly scrutinized environment is pushing us toward exclusion - exactly the wrong direction. Leaders should instead develop an instinct for inclusion. The word “radical” emphasizes the urgency of doing so.
  • The Era of the Digital Echo. The speed and accessibility of information create “digital echoes” that make facts vulnerable, eroding the trust between leader and follower.
  • Relinquishing Control to Preserve Power. Power and control once went hand in hand, but no longer. In today’s environment, control is seductive but unlikely to produce optimum, affordable, sustainable solutions. Leaders must relinquish and share control to build and preserve power.

The principles discussed in Radical Inclusion are memorable and the book is full of engaging stories.

©2018 Martin Dempsey, Ori Brafman (P)2018 Missionday

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Authors make a distinctly great team that maximizes use of vignettes. Concepts are truest important.

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Must read!

Great leadership read.
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Opposites do attract and can produce an informative read!

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self congratulatory stories that don't add up to anything interesting or applicable. attention grabbing title with no substance.

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  • Jami
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solid read

Good book on evolving leadership in today's complicated global environment! Great perspective from authors with diverse backgrounds.

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The tools of future societies

Great chef d'oeuvre perfectly concocted to address the cracks and the failures of what used to be known as Leadership ( static for the most part). This is a great tool for our societies for many years to come, it is fitting for the diversity ( cultural, generational, technological) we are experiencing around us.
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Essence of Effective Leadership a Complex World

Marty and Ori do a great job of explaining through examples from GEN Dempsey's impressive career, the keys to effective leadership in the Military, as well as in Industry. I recall a Speech Marty gave upon his return to Heidelberg, Germany in 2004, where he explained that "My Division in Baghdad was assigned 20 Brigades - normally a Division Commander leads just four or five Brigades. No way I could direct the actions of that many units. I saw my role as providing a vision and guidance, enabling my Team to get the Job done, and then protecting them from that 6,000 mile screwdriver emanating from DC." This Book explains why old autocratic leadership models won't work in the information age, and why "Radical Inclusion" is the most effective approach to leading a modern organization.

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phenomenal book! practical and relevant!! anyone interested in improving their leadership style or work environment need to read and apply this book!

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Must read for all leaders and aspiring leaders

this book provides Keen insights gained through many years of leading many people. Bringing in the dimension of the digital Echo was really something to inspire the brain to think differently about how we are moving forward with organizational leadership.

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So nice I read it twice!!!

If you want to build a successful team, family, friendship, pick up this book ASAP!