What the Post-9/11 World Should Have Taught Us About Leadership

Forty-one-year Army veteran General (Ret.) Martin Dempsey and forty-one-year-old UC Berkeley Associate Professor Ori Brafman have been friends for almost ten 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 concludes that speed, complexity, scrutiny, and change make it imperative that leaders adapt. Dempsey and Brafman persuasively explain that, more than ever before, leaders are in competition for the trust and confidence of those they lead. They assert that the nature of power is changing and should not be measured by degree of control alone. They offer several principles—some enduring and some emerging—necessary for making that adaptation and bring them to life with examples from business, academia, government, and the military. From a young vegan’s confrontation with counterprotesters in Berkeley to a young lieutenant’s surprising visitor in Bavaria during the Cold War, from a reflection on the significance of Burning Man to a discussion of leadership challenges in the White House Situation Room, Radical Inclusion provides real leadership tools to address real leadership challenges.