Headlines detailing the accomplishments of Stan O’Neal, COO of Merrill
Lynch; Carlos M. Gutierrez, CEO of Kellogg Company; Ken Chenault, CEO of American Express; Hector de J. Ruis, CEO of AMD; Richard Parsons, CEO of AOL Time Warner and other powerful minority executives have most of Americans thinking that minorities no longer face discrimination in the workplace. The reality is that these success stories are the exception and not the rule. They are more a result of the perseverance, talent, ambition, and determination of these executives than anything else. Many minorities have been able to gain entrance into the workplace, and often climb into lower and middle-level management positions. However, in many cases, the path to success dead-ends.
Hispanic/Latino women have a distinct advantage when it comes to competing for and succeeding in leadership positions: Their culture. That is, provided they recognize and harness the gifts their culture has to offer, according to Marisa Rivera-Albert, president of the National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI), an organization dedicated to the education and leadership development of Hispanic/Latino women.Through her instruction, Rivera-Albert helps women realize and use their cultural assets to compete for top-level positions. “Your cultural background shapes you and the way you lead,” she says. "Offer no excuses for your identity."Rivera-Albert urges women to exercise these culturally distinctive leadership assets:
By Ancella Livers and Keith Caver, Center for Creative Leadership
As African Americans attempt to confront the issues that surround them at work, it is important to recognize that there is much they can do to improve their leadership journey, says Ancella Livers, co-author of "Leading in Black and White: Working Across the Racial Divide in Corporate America". As an African-American leader in corporate America, consider the following guidelines and strategies. These suggestions - addressing self-development, education and behavior - can provide you with a starting place for thinking consciously, comprehensively and constructively about race and leadership.