Manage Smarter 214 — Lakeya Cherry: Managing Inclusively

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Dr. Lakeya Cherry, DSW, MSSW, ACC is an executive leadership coach who has dedicated her career to the growth and development of individuals and the organizations they are a part of. As an ICF Certified Coach, a StartingBloc Fellow, a Google #IamRemarkable Facilitator, and a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, she believes that when leaders are empowered to reach their fullest potential, they will be able to support those around them more effectively. 

Dr. Cherry holds the title of Chief Executive Officer of The Network for Social Work Management, an international organization dedicated to strengthening and mobilizing diverse social impact leaders. Her approach is informed by her Doctorate in Social Work from the University of Southern California as well as her M.S. in Social Work from Columbia University, and her B.A. in Psychology and Legal Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

In this podcast and vodcast for sales managers and sales leaders, Audrey, Lee and Lakeya discuss:

  • Definition of inclusive managing
  • The major elements needed to start and maintain a robust culture of managing inclusively
  • How to increase manager and employee buy-​in to a new program
  • Managing effectively more personally to reports, including increasing knowledge of home and family life  

"The #1 mistake managers make is not having high emotional intelligence and a commitment to their own leadership development, then they will likely have many blind spots that will impact their ability to lead effectively.”

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