Book Review: The Inclusion Imperative

Emma De Vita reviews the latest book by Stephen Frost, who was responsible for diversity and inclusion at the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games

The Inclusion Imperative by Stephen Frost
The Inclusion Imperative by Stephen Frost

Sometimes a business book comes along and makes you stop and think: this is one of them. The author is Stephen Frost, who was responsible for diversity and inclusion at the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

In The Inclusion Imperative, Frost spills the beans on what it took to deliver on the mammoth task of putting inclusion at the heart of the games. His highly readable, intelligent and interesting account of how he helped to make the games such a success should be on the must-read list of every manager and leader who would like their organisation to do better.

Frost talks the reader through every aspect of his Olympics journey, giving concise and pragmatic "takeaways" after each stage. His chapter on leadership is particularly good, reminding us that "leadership is a group process, not an individual heroic enterprise". He also encourages leaders to create role models to increase the visibility of minority groups and to carry out rapid, real-time exchange of best practice and encouragement through award and recognition programmes.

If you read one business book this month, you should make it this one.

Emma De Vita is books editor of Management Today

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