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.
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:
Asian Americans make up 60 percent of Silicon Valley's professional and technical workforce and 28 percent of enrollment at the top 20 business schools. Yet eagerness and education do not necessarily pave the way to the top in any industry. Asian Americans account for only 1.5 percent of top executives at Fortune 1000 firms, according to the site. So how can ambitious Asian Americans overcome obstacles to the executive suite?