SELECTED ARTICLES FROM THE AUGUST 2009 SPECIAL SECTION: ETHNIC MINORITY LEADERSHIPJimmy Davis, PhD, and Kecia M. Thomas, PhD
Discusses the types of leadership exemplified by President Obama (e.g., servant leader, coalition builder/boundary spanner, multicultural leader) and related implications for future ethnic minority and other leaders (e.g. increased emphasis on the diversity of one's experience other than its length).
A Master Sergeant makes the case for leadership diversity by reflecting upon his more than 26 years of military service and leadership and describing his discovery of both the benefits of White male privilege and the unique competencies, contributions and burdens of ethnic minority leadership.
Contrasts transformational diversity leadership and its collaborative organization behaviors with those of more traditional top-down' leadership; Discusses the importance of values, vision.
Brief discussion of two major theories of leadership – the 'great man theory' and the 'leader learner.'
An overview of critical strategies for building a diverse leadership pipeline including systems and practices for holding top leadership accountable, and strategies for changing organizational cultures.
Provides an overview of the findings of some major studies of differences in the leadership styles of persons of color and European Americans and relates these findings to the leadership experiences and styles of ethnic minority students and faculty.
Describes salient characteristics of those who view leadership as a 'call to service.' Also notes additional characteristics for ethnic minority leaders that are related to legacies of disenfranchisement and oppression, and the strength and courage needed to confront challenges and obstacles.
Provides a brief report of two studies that examine (a) the perceived impact of race and gender on leadership functioning and (b) differences between African American women leaders in 2 different types of work settings in their self-care strategies and use of African values based leadership styles. Related "Tips" are provided.