An American Kaleidoscope

Rethinking Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Through the Prism of Gender and Race

Authored by: Seth N. Asumah , Mechthild Nagel

The Routledge Companion to Inclusive Leadership

Print publication date:  April  2020
Online publication date:  March  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367265670
eBook ISBN: 9780429294396
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The recent emergence of the global #MeToo and #Blacklives Matter movements have given rise to a critique of racialized institutions and toxic masculinity and their articulations in organizational mismanagement, insensitivity to oppressed groups, and missed opportunities in responding to sporadic crisis and patterns of abuse of power. Our focus will be on effective diversity and inclusion leadership and dealing with gender and racial crises in academic institutions in the United States. To that end, we interrogate the transactional approach frequently associated with business models of leadership and suggest a social change model that rests on the pillars of transformation, supported by the combined metaphoric forces of the leadership qualities of the eagle and the crow—powerful vision, fearlessness, nurturing, strength, adaptability, intelligence, and inclusion.

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