Leading in Black and White: Working Across the Racial Divide in Corporate America

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This book, based on many years experience of dealing with and research on the issues of Black managers, shows 6 areas in which the leadership experience is different for Black leaders and white leaders.

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Author Ancella B. Livers and Keith A. Caver
ISBN 0-7879-5724-0
Publisher Jossey-Bass

Although there is no shortage of information about workplace entry-and-acceptance issues for Black managers, the literature is fairly sparse in documenting the unique experiences that Black leaders must work through in daily corporate life — such as hiding part of their identity at work, being responsible for the progress of other Black managers, and sorting out whether race or personality is a factor in a poor working relationship.

This book, based on many years experience of dealing with and research on the issues of Black managers, shows 6 areas in which the leadership experience is different for Black leaders and white leaders: taking responsibility for others, focusing on identity, mentoring, being politically savvy, understanding the impact of perception about race and gender, and using networking strategies.

It includes specific actions, for both Black managers and those who work with them, to use these 6 areas to strengthen individual and organizational relationships.

Table of Contents

Leading in Black and White: Working Across the Racial Divide in Corporate America, Jossey-Bass, 2003
Preface ix
Acknowledgments xiii
The Authors xv
Introduction 1
Part One: A World of Difference for Black Managers 13
1. The Assumption of Similarity 15
2. Who Are We? 27
3. Looking Out for Each Other 48
4. Navigating the Shoals of Race and Gender 74
5. Working the Networks 93
6. Growing and Grooming Leaders 116
7. Understanding the Political Landscape 137
Part Two: Coming Together 165
8. Strategies for Black Managers 169
9. What Colleagues Need to Know 193
10. What Organizations Need to Know 209
Appendix: Assessing Your Political Savvy 221
References and Suggested Readings 226
Index 229
About The Center for Creative Leadership 237

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