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Intersectional Innovations

Top 20 Restorative
People Leaders to Watch 

Why Did We Start This Watchlist?

 

Why do we feel these leaders are a good addition to our watchlist?

We feel you represent not just a great People Leader but a Restorative People Leader. 

  • Restorative leaders are proactive, not reactive.

  • Restorative leaders are curious and seek to understand “why.”

  • Restorative leaders are gardeners in their workplaces, not landscapers.

What is this watchlist celebrating?

"Restorative Leader" can be compared to a well-seasoned and maintained garden tool, like a pruning shear. Just as a pruning shear must be kept sharp, clean, and in good working condition to effectively shape and nurture the growth of the garden, a Restored Leader must be mindful of their own wellness and mental state to effectively lead and develop others.

A Restorative Leader, much like the shear that is regularly sharpened and oiled, takes accountability for their personal well-being and mental clarity. This self-maintenance ensures they can make precise cuts – or decisions – that are beneficial for the growth of their team and organization, rather than harmful or counterproductive.

Being proactive and solution-oriented, a Restorative Leader, like a well-cared-for garden tool, is always ready for action, able to address challenges efficiently and creatively. Their focus on development, both personal and for others, parallels the tool's role in not just maintaining but enhancing the health and beauty of the garden.

Working with others, a Restorative Leader values trust, influence, buy-in, transparency, and clarity – key elements for effective collaboration and growth. This is akin to the way a good gardening tool works in harmony with the gardener's hands, complementing their skills and enhancing their ability to care for the garden.

In essence, a Restorative Leader, much like a well-maintained garden tool, is essential for cultivating a healthy, thriving, and productive environment where both the leader and their team can grow and flourish together.

Our goal with this list is to celebrate and inspire future leaders to be restorative!

Welcome to our 2nd edition!

We hand-selected 20 People Leaders and asked them these 5 questions. This watchlist was released on July 9th, 2024 by Intersectional Innovations.

Question One
Collective Trust

Do teams perform better when trust is earned or granted to everyone upon hire?

Question Two

Restorative Mindset

What measures have you taken to cultivate a growth mindset within your social media network, emphasizing continual learning and proactive approaches to conflict resolution?

Question Three
Thoughts on DEI

I would love to hear your thoughts on the evolution of DEI in corporate America in the past few years.

Question Four
Leadership Superpowers

If you could grant 1 superpower to others as a restorative leader, which of the 3 superpowers would you give the members of your community?

Compassion Enhancement: The ability to instantly deeply understand and resonate with the emotions and motivations of all team members, leading to ally actions and more effective collaboration.

Teleportation Wand: A superpower that allows one to see the future for a few seconds to see things from other's points of view.

Conflict Diffusion Wave: The capability to emit a calming aura that instantly diffuses tensions and resolves conflicts, promoting a harmonious and productive team environment.

Question Five

Budget Priorities

If you had an unlimited company budget what are the top 5 budget items on your list?

Welcome to our 2nd edition!

We hand-selected 20 People Leaders and asked them these 5 questions. This watchlist was released on July 9th, 2024 by Intersectional Innovations.

Question One
Collective Trust

Do teams perform better when trust is earned or granted to everyone upon hire?

Question Two

Restorative Mindset

What measures have you taken to cultivate a growth mindset within your social media network, emphasizing continual learning and proactive approaches to conflict resolution?

Question Three
Thoughts on DEI

I would love to hear your thoughts on the evolution of DEI in corporate America in the past few years.

Question Four
Leadership Superpowers

If you could grant 1 superpower to others as a restorative leader, which of the 3 superpowers would you give the members of your community?

Compassion Enhancement: The ability to instantly deeply understand and resonate with the emotions and motivations of all team members, leading to ally actions and more effective collaboration.

Teleportation Wand: A superpower that allows one to see the future for a few seconds to see things from other's points of view.

Conflict Diffusion Wave: The capability to emit a calming aura that instantly diffuses tensions and resolves conflicts, promoting a harmonious and productive team environment.

Question Five

Budget Priorities

If you had an unlimited company budget what are the top 5 budget items on your list?

Welcome to our 2nd edition!

We hand-selected 20 People Leaders and asked them these 5 questions. This watchlist was released on July 9th, 2024 by Intersectional Innovations.

Question One
Collective Trust

Do teams perform better when trust is earned or granted to everyone upon hire?

Question Two

Restorative Mindset

What measures have you taken to cultivate a growth mindset within your social media network, emphasizing continual learning and proactive approaches to conflict resolution?

Question Three
Thoughts on DEI

I would love to hear your thoughts on the evolution of DEI in corporate America in the past few years.

Question Four
Leadership Superpowers

If you could grant 1 superpower to others as a restorative leader, which of the 3 superpowers would you give the members of your community?

Compassion Enhancement: The ability to instantly deeply understand and resonate with the emotions and motivations of all team members, leading to ally actions and more effective collaboration.

Teleportation Wand: A superpower that allows one to see the future for a few seconds to see things from other's points of view.

Conflict Diffusion Wave: The capability to emit a calming aura that instantly diffuses tensions and resolves conflicts, promoting a harmonious and productive team environment.

Question Five

Budget Priorities

If you had an unlimited company budget what are the top 5 budget items on your list?

2nd Edition - Top 20 Restorative People Leader Watchlist

Welcome to our 2nd edition!

We hand-selected 20 People Leaders and asked them these 5 questions. This watchlist was released on July 9th, 2024 by Intersectional Innovations.

Question One
Collective Trust

Do teams perform better when trust is earned or granted to everyone upon hire?

Question Two

Restorative Mindset

What measures have you taken to cultivate a growth mindset within your social media network, emphasizing continual learning and proactive approaches to conflict resolution?

Question Three
Thoughts on DEI

I would love to hear your thoughts on the evolution of DEI in corporate America in the past few years.

Question Four
Leadership Superpowers

If you could grant 1 superpower to others as a restorative leader, which of the 3 superpowers would you give the members of your community?

Compassion Enhancement: The ability to instantly deeply understand and resonate with the emotions and motivations of all team members, leading to ally actions and more effective collaboration.

Teleportation Wand: A superpower that allows one to see the future for a few seconds to see things from other's points of view.

Conflict Diffusion Wave: The capability to emit a calming aura that instantly diffuses tensions and resolves conflicts, promoting a harmonious and productive team environment.

Question Five

Budget Priorities

If you had an unlimited company budget what are the top 5 budget items on your list?

Meet Nate Shalev

Spotlight Video Interview - 2nd Edition

Nate's journey into restorative leadership began on their 16th birthday at the Nuyorican Poetry Slam, where they first recognized the transformative power of storytelling. This profound realization led them to earn degrees from Barnard College of Columbia University and New York University, shaping their commitment to creating inclusive spaces. Through their consultancy, Revel Impact, Nate excels at fostering environments where individuals and teams gain deep insights into themselves and each other, driving organizational success. Their dedication to making change in both ordinary and extraordinary moments is why they were selected as our spotlight interview for the 2nd edition of our Top 20 Restorative People Leader Watchlist.

1. Collective Trust: Do teams perform better when trust is earned or granted to everyone upon hire?

Teams perform better when the space for trust is created and earned. When we are given the freedom show up authentically, trust is strengthened.

2. Restorative Mindset: What measures have you taken to cultivate a growth mindset within your social media network, emphasizing continual learning and proactive approaches to conflict resolution?

I engage in regularly sharing educational resources, reflective prompts, and success stories that inspire continual learning and self-examination. Additionally, we host interactive workshops and promote restorative justice principles to equip our community with proactive conflict resolution skills, fostering an environment of empathy, understanding, and collective growth.

3. Thoughts on DEI: I would love to hear your thoughts on the evolution of DEI in corporate America in the past few years.

I believe DEI In corporate America has been experiencing several shifts over the last few years. The uproar and mobilizing that corporations used to engage in during the hight of protests/covid has dulled to sometimes a murmur. A few organizations have hired permanent positions within their teams. There is a consensus throughout this evolution and it's that we must do more than just engage in the rhetoric of DEI but in its embodiment and praxis.

4. Leadership Superpowers: If you could grant 1 superpower to others as a restorative leader, which of the 3 superpowers would you give the members of your community? Compassion Enhancement: The ability to instantly deeply understand and resonate with the emotions and motivations of all team members, leading to ally actions and more effective collaboration. Teleportation Wand: A superpower that allows one to see the future for a few seconds to see things from other's points of view. Conflict Diffusion Wave: The capability to emit a calming aura that instantly diffuses tensions and resolves conflicts, promoting a harmonious and productive team environment.

Compassion Enhancement: The ability to instantly deeply understand and resonate with the emotions and motivations of all team members, leading to ally actions and more effective collaboration.

5. Budget Priorities: If you had an unlimited company budget what are the top 5 budget items on your list?

1-Creation of Heart & Healing centered "Belonging/Thriving" spaces both virtual and in-person throughout the world.

2- Sharing access to said spaces and other free/low cost healing centered resources events with everyone around the world.

3- Empowering communities to create/sustain their own spaces of Belonging and Thriving.

4- Continue to Design/Implement spaces of transofrmation while collaborating with others who are aligned to increase cultural presence of Healing centered practices.

5- Rest.

1. Collective Trust: Do teams perform better when trust is earned or granted to everyone upon hire?

Build trust over time through deep listening, conversation and being vulnerable. Pay attention to the small details that add up to the day to day experience of a job with a team - and be relentless in taking a human-centered approach to everything I do. Show people you not only care about them but have listened and learned about what they care about most. Then, make good on those things. Show them you see them, and that they matter to you.

2. Restorative Mindset: What measures have you taken to cultivate a growth mindset within your social media network, emphasizing continual learning and proactive approaches to conflict resolution?


Pay attention to reaching a balance – figuring out when to lead and guide and when to pause, follow and participate. Bring in the expertise of a coach/ external person to shepard you alongside your team. Embrace shared accountability. I had the most success with conflict at work when I made time (a whole day) and space (we literally cleared all of our scheduled work and meetings) to get super basic: we sat in a circle on the floor, the three of us. Each person took their turn expressing what they felt. There was some problem solving and resolution, but the real value wasn’t the committed actions. It was in our willingness to sit in discomfort and be human, together - awkwardly, flawed, and with intention. I’m pretty sure we ended the day with food to reward our bravery and refill our bellies.

3. Thoughts on DEI: I would love to hear your thoughts on the evolution of DEI in corporate America in the past few years.

Eesh. It’s uncomfortable, misunderstood, and undervalued. But that it’s uncomfy is simply an indicator to me that we’re slowly, oh so slowly making progress. Early on in DEI work you learn and relearn the hard truths about how change really happens. No matter the context, injustice or individuals involved, it starts with awareness and introspective curiosity, and a willingness to be wrong, to understand, to change. Blatant examples of defunding, push back, continued harm, and inequities, are happening specifically in many corporate, patriarchal workplaces that are resisting truth and the unwavering social justice movements that have been loud and steadfast. They will ultimately embrace change to thrive, or lose talented, good people and suffer. There are also countless, beautiful examples of un/relearning, healing, and restoration happening; of leaders and organizations taking bold leaps to do business differently, paving new paths, listening to their people, creating new tables, etc. It’s happening if you look for it - we have to acknowledge and make space for both truths, and harness collective resilience to continue this critical work, both inside and outside of the workplace.


4. Leadership Superpowers: If you could grant 1 superpower to others as a restorative leader, which of the 3 superpowers would you give the members of your community? Compassion Enhancement: The ability to instantly deeply understand and resonate with the emotions and motivations of all team members, leading to ally actions and more effective collaboration. Teleportation Wand: A superpower that allows one to see the future for a few seconds to see things from other's points of view. Conflict Diffusion Wave: The capability to emit a calming aura that instantly diffuses tensions and resolves conflicts, promoting a harmonious and productive team environment.

 

Oh, the conflict diffusion wave fo sho! I feel like I already carry an abundance of empathy in my pockets, and promotions while exciting, so often end up being not what people really want. But the idea of the skill to emit a calming aura to diffuse tension and allow connection and constructive dialogue to flourish in the face of conflict– now that sounds like a game changer to me! That could save the world!

5. Budget Priorities: If you had an unlimited company budget what are the top 5 budget items on your list?

1. Generous paid family leave - for all the common and not-so-common reasons

2. Customized, guided + paid learning journeys for my team Seasonal, paid time off for the whole team

3. Annual “joy + togetherness” experiences for the team and individual stipends too

4. Customized, company-financed financial support offerings (ie. 401K, debt/loan mgmt, educational reimbursement, etc.)

5. A lavish annual dinner for the team because breaking bread together almost always catalyzes more breakthroughs!

1. Collective Trust: Do teams perform better when trust is earned or granted to everyone upon hire?

“How you start is how you finish.” The psychologically safe culture that you create at the outset will sustain the high-performing and inclusive culture you entrust later to fulfill your organizational mission.

2. Restorative Mindset What measures have you taken to cultivate a growth mindset within your social media network, emphasizing continual learning and proactive approaches to conflict resolution?

You have to embody in yourself what you hope to cultivate with others. I always try to lead with curiosity, empathy, and the understanding that everyone's life experience has informed their perspective.

3. Thoughts on DEI: I would love to hear your thoughts on the evolution of DEI in corporate America in the past few years.

I was hopeful that DEIB (adding the "belonging" part) would start to mature after the murder of George Floyd by focusing on systemic change. Unfortunately, those aspirations were often met with platitudes and non-actionable items that didn't address equity within organizations. My hope is that DEIB will continue to focus on tangible ways in which leaders can support meaningful change in organizations and the communities they serve.


4. Leadership Superpowers: If you could grant 1 superpower to others as a restorative leader, which of the 3 superpowers would you give the members of your community? Compassion Enhancement: The ability to instantly deeply understand and resonate with the emotions and motivations of all team members, leading to ally actions and more effective collaboration. Teleportation Wand: A superpower that allows one to see the future for a few seconds to see things from other's points of view. Conflict Diffusion Wave: The capability to emit a calming aura that instantly diffuses tensions and resolves conflicts, promoting a harmonious and productive team environment.

 

I would focus on compassion enhancement. "Right action" cannot occur without a change in consciousness, and consciousness cannot change if people don't become more connected with the heart. When we choose to empathize with others, we expand our ability to connect with ourselves and the world around us.

5. Budget Priorities: If you had an unlimited company budget what are the top 5 budget items on your list?

1) Learning and Innovation

2) Cultural Intelligence

3) Emotional Intelligence

4) Leadership storytelling

5) Wellness and Holistic Health

1. Collective Trust: Do teams perform better when trust is earned or granted to everyone upon hire?

Teams absolutely perform better and thrive when trust is a foundation and given as a matter of respect to all. High-performing Teams require environments of trust and a high level of Emotional Intelligence and Psychological Safety- not just as Buzz Words that sound nice, but in actual practice. Trust is a foundation for any team and as teams, we have to be able to share what's good, what's challenging, celebrate together, and learn and grow together.

2. Restorative Mindset What measures have you taken to cultivate a growth mindset within your social media network, emphasizing continual learning and proactive approaches to conflict resolution?

Community is important to me, and in fact, is a CEPHR Value. That means that I view my Community and those who engage with my posts not as simply "followers" but humans who take the time to pour into me and I do the same for them. In sharing the content I do, it's important to me to highlight how we can grow and be better together, even through the tough stuff. Even when my content showcases hard reality and truths that may be difficult for some to hear or face, I will always share it with compassion because the goal is growth, not harm. We have to be able to be aware of the realities so that we can appropriately and timely navigate them in a healthy way.

3. Thoughts on DEI: I would love to hear your thoughts on the evolution of DEI in corporate America in the past few years.

This one is sticky and tricky for sure, but I'll give it a go: In my perspective, there’s been an evolution, yes, but there is also a lot more evolving that needs to happen! Until we recognize that organizations are systems of power (and often oppression), we will not overcome all the Undoing that needs to be undone. I will say that I see so many organizations putting in great effort and in non-performative ways as to how they’re diversifying their Suppliers and Vendors, teams, and adopting new Mindsets and learning (even when uncomfortable) around DEIB. A couple small things I noticed that would really help most organizations get on track and ready for the future of DEIB: 1.) Having the right tools, Policies, systems, and Programs in place and 2.) Having the real, honest, and tough conversations. We have to start somewhere and starting with Humanity first is a good way to do so.


4. Leadership Superpowers: If you could grant 1 superpower to others as a restorative leader, which of the 3 superpowers would you give the members of your community? Compassion Enhancement: The ability to instantly deepl