Although leadership theories have evolved to reflect changing social contexts, they remain silent on issues of equity, diversity, and social justice. Diversity and Leadership offers a new paradigm for examining leadership by bringing together two domains-research on leadership and research on diversity-to challenge existing notions of leadership and move toward a diverse and global view of society and its institutions. This compelling book delivers an approach to leadership that is inclusive, promotes access for diverse leaders, and addresses barriers that narrowly confine our perceptions and expectations of leaders. Redefining leadership as global and diverse, the authors impart new understanding of who our leaders are, the process of communication, exchange between leaders and their members, criteria for selecting, training, and evaluating leaders in the 21st century, and the organizational and societal contexts in which leadership is exercised.
“Leadership style flows from the personal values, and the personal values come from my culture.” (Latino-American male leader)
“If you can believe that you’re imperfect and come to accept that and that you have to improve yourself then I think you can become a better leader.” (Asian-American male leader)
“I can remember [being told] that ‘you wear these flowery dresses and you’re so sweet to the point that nobody anticipates that you’re going to say something harsh. So it comes as a bigger surprise; that’s why you’re having this problem posing as authority. Your voice … you sound like a little girl. You don’t sound like an authority figure.’” (Told to a White female leader)
Vignette: Invisible Leadership—“Pushing From Behind”
“What I’ve learned ...