Pride Leadership: Strategies for the LGBTQ+ Leader to be the King or Queen of Their Jungle

Pride Leadership: Strategies for the LGBTQ+ Leader to be the King or Queen of Their Jungle

by Dr. Steven Yacovelli


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As a member of the LGBTQ+ Community, did you know that you naturally have some amazing leadership skills inside you, based upon your experience, that you may not be capitalizing on?

Now, it’s not to say that our straight brothers and sisters don’t have the potential to be rock star leaders, but—through many of our shared experiences being LGBTQ+ folks—we’ve had the opportunity to truly develop such skills as leveraging empathy, shaping our culture, being courageous, and being authentic. These skills are some of the most sought-after leadership competencies in the workplace today … and they’re already inside you, dear LGBTQ+ professional!

Based upon over twenty-five years’ experience in the leadership development, change management, and diversity and inclusion consulting space, Dr. Steve Yacovelli identifies the six leadership traits—being authentic, leading with courage, having empathy, effective communication, building relationships, and influencing organizational culture—that can greatly increase any LGBTQ+ Leader’s effectiveness, and ways in which you as an LGBTQ+ Leader can increase your own leadership potential through cultivating these six leadership competencies.

Whether you’re a seasoned senior executive or a just-starting-out shiny new leader, Pride Leadership is your stop to hone your natural LGBTQ+ leadership awesomeness, gather a few kernels of wisdom to immediately apply in your workplace, and amp up your leadership-self to be just that much better-er.

In short: you’ll be a more effective, impactful, and inclusive leader after reading this book. Oh, and you’ll have a good time learning along the way, too!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946384676
Publisher: Publish Your Purpose Press
Publication date: 05/16/2019
Pages: 358
Sales rank: 1,152,053
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.97(d)

About the Author

Dr. Steve Yacovelli ("The Gay Leadership Dude") is Owner & Principal of TopDog Learning Group, LLC, a learning and development, leadership, change management, and diversity and consulting firm based in Orlando, FL, USA, with affiliates across the globe.

Steve and TopDog has had the pleasure of working with some great client-partners who we consider to be members of our "pack." He's worked with Fortune 500 greats like The Walt Disney Company and Bayer to amazing not-for-profits like The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The American Library Association; large universities like The Ohio State University and The University of Central Florida, to small entrepreneurial rock stars like International Training & Development and GovMojo, Inc. We have thoroughly enjoyed helping our client-partners grow, develop, expand, and be successful with our corporate learning, change management, diversity and inclusion, and leadership consulting goodness.

With over twenty-five years' experience in leadership, strategy, organizational learning, and communication, Steve is a rare breed of professional that understands the power of using academic theory and applying it to the corporate setting to achieve business results. Oh, and he's quite fond of dogs, too.

Table of Contents


Let’s Get This Pride Leadership Party Started!

Why the Topic of Leadership Anyway?

Drone Perspective

Why are LGBTQ+ Folks “Good” at Leadership?

Why These Specific Leadership Topics?

Howsthatnow? How Adults Learn

Drone Perspective: Reflective ?’s


Understanding the “G” Quotient

Why the Pit Stop to Another Book’s Ideas, Steve?

The G Quotient Book Summary

G Quotient Principle 1: Inclusion

G Quotient Principle 2: Creativity

G Quotient Principle 3: Adaptability

G Quotient Principle 4: Connectivity

G Quotient Principle 5: Communication

G Quotient Principle 6: Intuition

G Quotient Principle 7: Collaboration

Snyder: Why G Quotient Leadership Works

Snyder: 10 Things Every Manager Needs to Know

Steve’s Input: Some Challenges with Snyder’s Work

Being Clear: Straight Leaders are Great, Too!

Drone Perspective: Reflective ?’s

Jungle Love: Pride Leadership in Action


Being Consciously Inclusive

Tell Me an Inclusive Story, Steve!

OK, So What’s Consciously Inclusive?

Defining D&I

So, What’s Unconscious Biases?

Where Do These Unconscious Biases Come From?

Top 3 Bias Buckets That Impact How You See Things

Negative Bias (Sadly) in Action: Microinequities

How Our Unconscious Biases Impact Our Leadership Effectiveness

Mitigating Our Own Unconscious Biases

Being Active: from Unconscious to Conscious

“Mane” Development Strategies: Leveraging Inclusiveness through “The Pride Six”

Drone Perspective: Reflective ?’s

Jungle Love: Pride Leadership in Action


The Shiny Unicorn That is You: Being Your Authentic Self

What Do We Mean by Authenticity Anyway?

Authenticity, Integrity, and “Context”

Authenticity and You as an LGBTQ+ Leader

Becoming a More Authentic You

Authentic LGBTQ+ Leaders Know Their Strengths … and Their Areas of Opportunity

Drone Perspective: Reflective ?’s

Your Personal Values and Organizational Alignment

Your Personal Branding & Being Your Authentic Self

Tie to G Quotient

“Mane” Development Strategies: Building Your Authenticity

Drone Perspective: Reflective ?’s

Jungle Love: Pride Leadership in Action


Roar Like a Lion: Having Courage

Experience: Our Strength or Our Weakness?

What the Whaaaaat Is Courage?

Leadership Courage and the LGBTQ+ Leader

The Top 3 Challenges of Leadership Courage

Becoming a (More) Courageous LGBTQ+ Leader

Final Thinks on Courage

Tie to G Quotient

“Mane” Development Strategies: Building Your Leadership Courage

Drone Perspective: Reflective ?’s

Jungle Love: Pride Leadership in Action


Yielding the Magic Fairy Wand (or Sword) of Empathy

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