S2E11 Beauty In Diversity Pt 1 w/ Modupe Akinola.
Daniel Goleman speaks to Modupe Akinola, Associate Professor of Management and Director of the Sanford C. Bernstein and Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics at Columbia Business School. Professor Akinola shares some of the research on workforce diversity and the biases that affect the recruitment and retention of women and people of color in organizations.
Modupe Akinola is an Associate Professor of Management and Director of the Sanford C. Bernstein and Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics at Columbia Business School. Professor Akinola examines how organizational environments—with the pressures of deadlines and multitasking—can lead to stress, and how this stress can spill over to affect performance. She studies why some people thrive under stress while others buckle, looking at how we react psychologically and physiologically to stressful situations and how these responses can affect outcomes like negotiations and creativity. She also studies workforce diversity, including the biases that affect the recruitment and retention of women and people of color in organizations.
She has written on these topics in numerous academic journals, including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Academy of Management Journal. Her research has been covered in various media outlets, including The New York Times, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, and The Economist.
Professor Akinola received her B.A., M.B.A., M.A. in Social Psychology, and Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University. Prior to pursuing a career in academia, Professor Akinola worked in professional services at Bain & Company and Merrill Lynch.
The following resources were referenced in today’s episode:
- Why do even well-intentioned leaders and organizations fall short in achieving their diversity goals?
- Social power and emotional experience: Actor and partner effects within dyadic interactions
- On the board, ‘twokenism’ is the new tokenism
- Leadership Run Amok: The Destructive Potential of Overachievers by Scott Spreier, Mary H. Fontaine, and Ruth Malloy
- Diversity is Being Invited to the Party: Inclusion is Being Asked to Dance with Verna Myers
- S1E10 Building Emotionally Intelligent Teams with Dr. Vanessa Druskat
- Building Blocks of Emotional Intelligence: 12 Leadership Competency Primers
- Personal Sustainability Index (online assessment)
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- This episode was written and produced by Elizabeth Solomon and Gabriela Acosta.
- Audio Production by Michele Zipkin.
- Episode art and production support by Bryant Johnson.
- Music includes Static Shoes by Loyalty Freak Music and theme music by Amber Ojeda.