Salsa, Soul, and Spirit 2nd Edition

Leadership for a Multicultural Age

Juana Bordas (Author)

Publication date: 03/26/2012

Bestseller over 30,000+ copies sold

Salsa, Soul, and Spirit
  • Identifies nine core leadership principles common to Latino, African American, and American Indian cultures

  • Incorporates these principles into a multicultural leadership model that is uniquely suited to our changing demographics

  • Combines personal reflections, interviews with community leaders, historical background, and contemporary case examples

One of America's historic strengths has been our ability to incorporate aspects from many different cultures to create a stronger whole. Our music, literature, language, architecture, food, fashion, and more have all benefitted. But leadership approaches have remained distressingly Eurocentric.

Juana Bordas set out to change this in the first edition of this influential book. She showed that incorporating Latino, African American, and American Indian approaches to leadership into the mainstream can strengthen leadership practices and better inspire today's ethnically rich workforce.

This message has only become more urgent. The 2010 census revealed that in four decades minorities will constitute over 50 percent of the population-and in one decade a majority of Americans under age eighteen will be nonwhite. More than ever we need a leadership model htat resonates with our country's growing diversity. Bordas incorporates this latest census data into this second edition, which now identifies nine-rather than the previous edition's eight-core leadership principles common to all three cultures. The new principle deals with intergenerational leadership, of vital importance now that many organiziations will have four generations working side by side.

Using a lively blend of personal reflections, interviews with leaders from each community, historical background, and insightful analysis, Bordas illustrates the creative ways these principles have been put into practice in communities of color. The multicultural leadership model developed in this book offers a more flexible and inclusive way to lead and a new vision of the role of the leader in organizations and in our increasingly multicultural world.

  • Identifies nine core leadership principles common to Latino, African American, and American Indian cultures

  • Incorporates these principles into a multicultural leadership model that is uniquely suited to our changing demographics

  • Combines personal reflections, interviews with community leaders, historical background, and contemporary case examples

One of America's historic strengths has been our ability to incorporate aspects from many different cultures to create a stronger whole. Our music, literature, language, architecture, food, fashion, and more have all benefitted. But leadership approaches have remained distressingly Eurocentric.

Juana Bordas set out to change this in the first edition of this influential book. She showed that incorporating Latino, African American, and American Indian approaches to leadership into the mainstream can strengthen leadership practices and better inspire today's ethnically rich workforce.

This message has only become more urgent. The 2010 census revealed that in four decades minorities will constitute over 50 percent of the populationand in one decade a majority of Americans under age eighteen will be nonwhite. More than ever we need a leadership model htat resonates with our country's growing diversity. Bordas incorporates this latest census data into this second edition, which now identifies ninerather than the previous edition's eightcore leadership principles common to all three cultures. The new principle deals with intergenerational leadership, of vital importance now that many organiziations will have four generations working side by side.

Using a lively blend of personal reflections, interviews with leaders from each community, historical background, and insightful analysis, Bordas illustrates the creative ways these principles have been put into practice in communities of color. The multicultural leadership model developed in this book offers a more flexible and inclusive way to lead and a new vision of the role of the leader in organizations and in our increasingly multicultural world.

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Overview

  • Identifies nine core leadership principles common to Latino, African American, and American Indian cultures

  • Incorporates these principles into a multicultural leadership model that is uniquely suited to our changing demographics

  • Combines personal reflections, interviews with community leaders, historical background, and contemporary case examples

One of America's historic strengths has been our ability to incorporate aspects from many different cultures to create a stronger whole. Our music, literature, language, architecture, food, fashion, and more have all benefitted. But leadership approaches have remained distressingly Eurocentric.

Juana Bordas set out to change this in the first edition of this influential book. She showed that incorporating Latino, African American, and American Indian approaches to leadership into the mainstream can strengthen leadership practices and better inspire today's ethnically rich workforce.

This message has only become more urgent. The 2010 census revealed that in four decades minorities will constitute over 50 percent of the population-and in one decade a majority of Americans under age eighteen will be nonwhite. More than ever we need a leadership model htat resonates with our country's growing diversity. Bordas incorporates this latest census data into this second edition, which now identifies nine-rather than the previous edition's eight-core leadership principles common to all three cultures. The new principle deals with intergenerational leadership, of vital importance now that many organiziations will have four generations working side by side.

Using a lively blend of personal reflections, interviews with leaders from each community, historical background, and insightful analysis, Bordas illustrates the creative ways these principles have been put into practice in communities of color. The multicultural leadership model developed in this book offers a more flexible and inclusive way to lead and a new vision of the role of the leader in organizations and in our increasingly multicultural world.

  • Identifies nine core leadership principles common to Latino, African American, and American Indian cultures

  • Incorporates these principles into a multicultural leadership model that is uniquely suited to our changing demographics

  • Combines personal reflections, interviews with community leaders, historical background, and contemporary case examples

One of America's historic strengths has been our ability to incorporate aspects from many different cultures to create a stronger whole. Our music, literature, language, architecture, food, fashion, and more have all benefitted. But leadership approaches have remained distressingly Eurocentric.

Juana Bordas set out to change this in the first edition of this influential book. She showed that incorporating Latino, African American, and American Indian approaches to leadership into the mainstream can strengthen leadership practices and better inspire today's ethnically rich workforce.

This message has only become more urgent. The 2010 census revealed that in four decades minorities will constitute over 50 percent of the populationand in one decade a majority of Americans under age eighteen will be nonwhite. More than ever we need a leadership model htat resonates with our country's growing diversity. Bordas incorporates this latest census data into this second edition, which now identifies ninerather than the previous edition's eightcore leadership principles common to all three cultures. The new principle deals with intergenerational leadership, of vital importance now that many organiziations will have four generations working side by side.

Using a lively blend of personal reflections, interviews with leaders from each community, historical background, and insightful analysis, Bordas illustrates the creative ways these principles have been put into practice in communities of color. The multicultural leadership model developed in this book offers a more flexible and inclusive way to lead and a new vision of the role of the leader in organizations and in our increasingly multicultural world.

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Meet the Author


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Juana Bordas learned leadership from her immigrant parents especially her mother, Maria, who cooked food and scrubbed floors in the school lunch room so Juana could get a scholarship to a Catholic school. “Their vision for the future, determination, and sacrifice taught me the very essence of Servant Leadership."

The first in her family to go to college, she joined the Peace Corps and worked in the barrios of Santiago, Chile. Juana later received the U.S. Peace Corps’ Franklin Williams Award for her life-long commitment to advancing communities of color.

Juana was a founder and executive director of Denver’s Mi Casa Resource Center recognized today as a national empowerment model. She was founding President of the National Hispana Leadership Institute, the only program in America that prepares Latinas for national leadership. In 2001, she launched the Circle of Latina Leadership in Colorado “to prepare the next generation of Latina leaders.” For her extensive work with Latinas, she was commended by Latina Style Magazine for creating “a Nation of Latina Leaders.”

A former faculty member at the Center for Creative Leadership—the most highly utilized executive program in the world—Juana served as advisor to Harvard’s Hispanic Journal on Public Policy and the Kellogg National Fellows Program. She was vice-chair of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership’s board and a trustee of the International Leadership Association.

Her best-selling book Salsa, Soul and Spirit—Leadership for a Multicultural Age was awarded the 2008 International Latino Book Award for leadership. The Power of Latino Leadership was released in 2013 and was awarded the Nautilus Prize for est Multicultural Book and also the 2013 International Latino Book Award for leadeship. Juana received Denver’s Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Social Responsibility and the Wise Woman Award from the National Center for Women’s Policy Studies. She is in the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame. In 2009 the Denver Post and the Colorado Women’s Foundation named her the Colorado Unique Woman of the Year.

Today, Juana is President of Mestiza Leadership International (MLI)—a company that focuses on leadership, diversity, and organizational change. MLI’S mission is to prepare collaborative and inclusive leaders for our multicultural and global age.

To learn more and to exchange ideas with Juana, contact JuanaBordas.com.  Friend Me on Facebook   Follow Me on Twitter

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Table of Contents

Preface

Special Contributions: Profiles of Leaders

Introduction: Diversity Is Transforming Leadership

Part One: A New Social Covenant

Principle 1: Sankofa - Learn from the Past

Principle 2: I to We - From Individualism to Collective Identity

Principle 3: Mi Casa Es Su Casa - A Spirit of Generosity

Part Two: Leadership Styles in Communities of Color

Principle 4: A Leader Among Equals - Community Conferred Leadership

Principle 5: Leaders as Guardians of Public Values - A Tradition of Activism

Principle 6: Leaders as Community Stewards - Working for the Common Good

Part Three: Creating the Circle of Leadership

Principle 7: The Seventh-Generation Rule - Intergenerational Leadership

Principle 8: All My Relatives - La Familia, the Village, the Tribe

Principle 9: Gracias - Gratitiude, Hope, and Forgiveness

Part Four: Leadership for a Multicultural Age - Making the Commitment

Notes

Index

About the Author

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