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.
Notable Quotes: On Self-Disclosure
“Do you bring all of you to work?” asked by Richard Lui, MSNBC daytime anchor, to raise consciousness about disclosure of sexual orientation, of illegal immigrant status, and other less visible dimensions of diversity in the workplace. “Do you dress up or play down your cultural mannerisms, intentional or unintentionally at work?”
Vignette on Gender: Masculinized Contexts—“It Is What It Is!”
When asked how gender influences leadership, a male CEO responded: “It is what it is” after describing how he is surrounded by all men in his leadership circle. Another male executive director surrounded by predominantly female managers commented: “I never thought about it.” Both reflect the male privilege of how gender becomes invisible, one that most women do ...