Salsa, Soul, and Spirit: Leadership for a Multicultural Age

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, May 5, 2007 - Business & Economics - 248 pages
Tapping the potential of the changing workforce, consumer base, and citizenry requires a leadership approach that resonates with our country's growing diversity. In Salsa, Soul, and Spirit, Juana Bordas shows how incorporating Latino, African American, and American Indian approaches to leadership into the mainstream has the potential to strengthen leadership practice and inspire today's ethnically rich workforce. Bordas identifies eight core leadership principles common to all three cultures, principles deeply rooted in each culture's values and developed under the most trying conditions. Using a lively blend of personal reflections, interviews with leaders from each community, historical background, and insightful analysis, she shows how these principles developed and illustrates the creative ways they've been put into practice in these communities as well as in some forward-looking companies. Bordas brings these principles together into a multicultural leadership model that offers a more flexible and inclusive way to lead and a new vision of the role of the leader in the organization. Multicultural leadership resonates with many cultures and encourages diverse people to actively engage, contribute, and tap their potential. In a globalized economy, success for leaders in the future will rest on their ability to shift to a multicultural approach. Salsa, Soul, and Spirit provides conceptual and practical guidelines for beginning that process.

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Profiles of Leaders
INTRODUCTIONDiversity is Transforming Leadership
PART ONEA New Social Covenant
PRINCIPLE 1Sankofa Learn from the Past
NEXT STEPSReflecting On and Applying Principle One
PRINCIPLE 2I to WeFrom Individualism to Collective Identity
NEXT STEPSReflecting On and Applying Principle Two
NEXT STEPSReflecting On and Applying Principle Six
PART THREECreating the Circle of Leadership
PRINCIPLE 7All My RelativesLa Familia the Village the Tribe
NEXT STEPSReflecting On and Applying Principle Seven
PRINCIPLE 8GraciasGratitude Hope and Forgiveness
NEXT STEPSReflecting on and Applying Principle Eight
PART fourLeadership for a Multicultural AgeA Call to Action
NEXT STEPSReflecting On and Applying Part Four

PRINCIPLE 3Mi Casa Es Su CasaA Spirit of Generosity
NEXT STEPSReflecting On and Applying Principle Three
PART TWOLeadership Styles in Communities of Color
PRINCIPLE 4A Leader Among EqualsCommunityConferred Leadership
NEXT STEPSReflecting On and Applying Principle Four
PRINCIPLE 5Leaders as Guardians of Public ValuesA Tradition of Activism
NEXT STEPSReflecting On and Applying Principle Five
PRINCIPLE 6Leaders as Community StewardsWorking for the Common Goal
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