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Former GM and Bestselling Author Omar L. Harris announces New Book: Be a J.E.D.I. Leader, Not a Boss

Former GM (GSK and Allergan), Award-Winning and Bestselling Author, and DEI Thought Leader Omar L. Harris announces the release of the “most crucial and compelling business book of the year”: “Be a J.E.D.I. Leader, Not a Boss” today.

“Be a J.E.D.I. Leader, Not a Boss” by Former GM and Award-Winning and Bestselling Author Omar L. Harris is available starting today (June 25, 2021) in Paperback and eBook versions.

Based on 20+ years of executive experience leading diverse teams on four continents, Former GM, Bestselling Author, Intent Consulting Founder and Inclusion App Founder Omar L. Harris announces the launch of his new business book today: “Be a J.E.D.I. Leader, Not a Boss: Leadership in the Era of Corporate Social Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion” (June 25, 2021).

Harris emphasizes, “J.E.D.I. Leaders are a positive force for good pushing back on the dark forces at work. These modern leaders are finding ways for businesses to be more using the principles of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (J.E.D.I.) in order to achieve the true purpose of corporations – increased value for employees, customers, communities, the environment and shareholders.”

By providing first-hand insights, new tools and solutions, Harris’ goal is to provide new hope and encourage business leaders to create a culture “where injustices are mitigated, inequities are eradicated, diversity is expanded, and inclusion is enhanced.”

As the only African-American GM in the world while working for global pharmaceutical giant Allergan in 2020, Harris believes strongly that leaders need to take action now to embrace J.E.D.I. Leadership and hire leadership teams that match diverse workforces.

With white males holding 85.8% of the Fortune 500 CEO positions in 2020 (yet only 35% of the population), Harris highlights to the need to “stop the guardians of the status quo.” In addition, white women only make up 6.8% of Fortune 500 CEOs, 3.4% are Latinx, 2.4% are East Asians or South Asians, and only 1% are African Americans, making the need for diversity in leadership even greater.

This new book includes timely topics such as the end of the boss, overcoming toxic egos, new tools (6As of J.E.D.I. Action) and case study examples of both individuals and companies. Readers will find extensive research of business thought leaders, authors, and reports including: Ibram X. Kendi (“How to Become an Antiracist”), Simon Sinek (“Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action”), When Women Thrive 2020 Global Report (Mercer, 2020), Kevin Johnson (“A message from Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson: Preparing for the next phase in the U.S.”), and Jasmyn Wimbish (“Adam Silver pens letter to employees deciding to strike in solidarity with NBA and WNBA players”, CBS Sports.)

Harris explains, read “Be a J.E.D.I. Leader, Not a Boss”:

  • If you believe business leaders should strive for more than profits, but don’t know how to get there.
  • If you are a leader looking to embrace the causes of social justice, equity, diversity and inclusion, and want a proven blueprint.
  • If you are joining a company and want your leaders to be aligned with cutting edge leadership.
  • If you are a DEI or HR professional looking for inspiration, reinforcement and new ideas.
  • If you are a business student or professor looking for DEI insights from someone who’s led global enterprise teams.
  • If you are a corporate leader who wants to learn how to go from shareholder to stakeholder capitalism using J.E.D.I. Leadership principles.

And in sync with this new book launch, Harris is gifting the eBook versions of his two most recent leadership books: “The Servant Leader’s Manifesto” (2020) and “Leader Board: The DNA of High-Performance Teams” for five days (June 25 – June 29, 2021).


Be a J.E.D.I. Leader, Not a Boss: Leadership in the Era of Corporate Social Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (June 25, 2021)

The Servant Leader’s Manifesto – Book (2020) and Audiobook (2021)

Leader Board: The DNA of High-Performance Teams (Leader Board Series) (2019)

MEDIA CONTACT for Omar L. Harris:
Liz Kelly, 310-987-7207

ABOUT OMAR L HARRIS (Charlotte, NC, born in Pittsburgh, PA) is the founder of Intent Consulting and (the world’s first and best SaaS application for employee inclusion), a Former GM (GSK and Allergan), Business and Servant Leadership Thought-Leader, Speaker, Award-Winning Bestselling Author of 5 books, including “Be a J.E.D.I. Leader, Not a Boss: Leadership in the Era of Corporate Social Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion”, June 25 2021, “The Servant Leader’s Manifesto”, 2020, and “Leader Board: The DNA of High-Performance Teams”, 2019). With 20+ years of global pharmaceutical executive experience building teams, Omar has worked on 4 continents (U.S., Middle East, Asia and Latin America) for Pfizer, Merck, Schering-Plough and more. As a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, Entrepreneur and Florida A&M University Alumni, Harris is passionate about leading teams, high-performance coaching, and inspiring future leaders of today and tomorrow. Omar is also the Co-Author of “From Authors to Entrepreneurs F.A.T.E.: The Personal Side of Indie Publishing” (2015) and Author of “One Blood” fiction book (2011, pen name, Qwantu Amaru – currently being developed into a television series). His books and work have been featured by CNN HLN Weekend Express, Black News Channel, WPXI-TV NBC Pittsburgh, Culture Stew Podcast, The Living Corporate Podcast, Real Leaders, SHRM Blog, Thrive Global, CEO World Magazine, Human Capital Innovations (HCI) Podcast, ABQ Business Podcast, VoiceAmerica and many more. As fun facts, Omar speaks 5 languages, plays 7 instruments, and started his first company at the age of 7.

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