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.

Dimensions of Diversity

Dimensions of diversity

Notable Quote: On Being Extraordinary!

As one Asian American female leader who is an Army colonel said, “As a minority, you have to do extraordinary things to get to where you are; White men just have to be ordinary.”

On Being Female!

“As Deputy Commissioner and a lawyer, I worked with the mob. You had to be tough. As a woman, if I was soft, I was seen as weak; if I was tough, then I was a bitch. Men get away with it.” (Asian American female leader)

Vignette: On Microaggression and Privilege

I was talking with a “prominent” White male at a cocktail reception. We were joined by a second White male who interrupts us, ignoring me to begin a conversation of ...

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