The changing demography of the workforce presents challenges and opportunities to individuals and to the organizations of which they are a part. This volume examines how diversity in organizations affords benefits such as a broader talent pool, but at the same time can lead to tension, misunderstanding and, at times, outright hostility.

Leadership and Diversity in Groups and Organizations

Leadership and Diversity in Groups and Organizations

Leadership and diversity in groups and organizations
Martin M.Chemers
Susan E.Murphy

Most organizational theorists agree that the quality of leadership is a powerful contributor to organizational success (Chemers, 1993; Fiedler & House, 1988; Lord & Maher, 1991). Leaders serve to coalesce, coordinate, and deploy the collective resources of the group to achieve a mission or reach a goal. Organizational diversity adds additional challenges to the already considerable demands on leaders.

Our concern in this chapter is with diversity defined in demographic terms. We focus on the increased prevalence in organizations, both as leaders and as followers, of individuals whose gender, ethnic background, sexual orientation, age, physical status, or other characteristics make them different than those who have traditionally held the positions and ...

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