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“America grows more diverse by the day. Leaders want to understand and motivate those they lead but may feel intimidated by the complex history and culture of Latinos in America. Juana Bordas has written a handbook for making sense of it all. The Power of Latino Leadership helps the reader decode the coming America and the changing workforce.”
—Ray Suarez, Senior Correspondent, PBS News Hour, and former host, Talk of the Nation, NPR

“Bordas has mentored generations of young Hispanics throughout her distinguished career. [Here] she presents a compelling case for how the strengths Hispanics bring to the table…can infuse new life into leadership development for all of our country’s current and future leaders.”
—Janet Murguía, President, National Council of La Raza

“Juana Bordas provides timely insight into Latino contributions to our nation’s future and why their influence will continue to increase.”
—Arturo Vargas, Executive Director, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials

“Juana Bordas is a highly credentialed champion of diversity in leadership and organizational change. Her new book, The Power of Latino Leadership, is a welcome reminder of Juana’s lifelong passion to support and empower young Hispanic leaders. To develop a deeper appreciation for the countless contributions the Latino community is making to America’s multicultural leadership journey, read this book!”
—Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager and Great Leaders Grow

“Latinos have advanced because of the activist tradition of our leaders who organized people to address social injustice. As the Latino community comes into its power, our future leaders can learn from The Power of Latino Leadership as they create their own history. ‘Si Se Puede—Yes We Can’ is a call to action. This book captures this spirit.”
—Dolores Huerta, President, Dolores Huerta Foundation; cofounder, United Farm Workers; and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

“Latinos are part of the fabric of America. Our culture and values are perfectly consistent with the American Dream that has made and continues to make the United States great. The Power of Latino Leadership explores a leadership model to maximize the role of Latinos in America’s future growth and prosperity.”
—Julián Castro, Mayor of San Antonio, Texas

“The Power of Latino Leadership is a must-read for Latinos who want to integrate their history and culture into their future contributions, whether just starting on their leadership journey or already recognized leaders.”
—Carlos F. Orta, President and CEO, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility

“At Western Union, I have the opportunity to see leadership in many ways. The most impactful are the hardworking, everyday heroes that make a difference in their communities. Bordas celebrates this type of leadership in this inspiring book. The Power of Latino Leadership brings to life the contributions US Latinos are making to invigorate our communities, culture, and economy.”
—Hikmet Ersek, President and CEO, Western Union

“It is now that Latino political and social strengths are being realized. This is attributed to leadership within the Latino community that has singularly focused on ensuring that our voices are heard and that we influence all sectors of American life. In The Power of Latino Leadership, Bordas offers a model for future leadership that draws on our strengths and leverages our enormous potential.”
—Lisa Garcia Quiroz, Senior Vice President for Corporate Responsibility and Chief Diversity Officer, Time Warner, and Founding Publisher, People en Español

“This book is a must for anyone who wants to know how leaders develop their practices within a community context. Bordas has pulled together illuminating examples with great lessons for anyone working to create an equitable and truly diverse society.”
—Rinku Sen, President, Applied Research Center; Publisher, Colorlines.com; and author of The Accidental American

“To the joy of some and the panic of others, America grows more diverse by the day. Leaders want to understand and motivate those they lead but may feel intimidated by the complex history and culture of Latinos in America. Native-born and immigrant...newly arrived and in the country since before there was a United States, Spanish-speaking, bilingual, English-dominant, with roots in countries running from Mexico all the way to the tip of South America...it’s a lot to master! Juana Bordas has written a handbook for making sense of it all. The Power of Latino Leadership helps the reader decode the coming America and the changing workforce.”
—Ray Suarez, Senior Correspondent, PBS News Hour, and former host, Talk of the Nation, NPR

“As one of the foremost experts on leadership in the Latino community, Juana Bordas has mentored generations of young Hispanics throughout her distinguished career. In her acclaimed new book, The Power of Latino Leadership, she presents a compelling case for how the strengths Hispanics bring to the table—deep roots, strong values, and our multifaceted culture—can infuse new life into and bring a fresh perspective to leadership development for all our country’s current and future leaders.”
—Janet Murguía, President, National Council of La Raza

“Juana Bordas’s exploration into the traits of contemporary Latino leaders arrives at an important moment for our country. Latinos are the nation’s second largest population and, as the 2012 election demonstrated, have become a decisive force in American politics. Bordas provides timely insight into Latino contributions to our nation’s future and why their influence will continue to increase.”
—Arturo Vargas, Executive Director, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials

About the Author

Juana Bordas immigrated to the US from Nicaragua on a banana boat. The first in her family to go to college, she joined the Peace Corps and worked in Santiago, Chile. Juana later received the Franklin Williams Award from the US Peace Corps for her life-long commitment to advancing communities of color. Today she is president of Mestiza Leadership International a company that focuses on leadership and diversity. Juana served as advisor to Harvard's Hispanic Journal on Public Policy, the Kellogg National Fellows Program, vice chair of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, and trustee of the International Leadership Association. She received an honorary doctorate from Union University in 2009 and currently serves on their board.
 
Juana is a founder of Mi Casa Resource Center - the largest Hispanic serving organization in Colorado. She is founding President of the National Hispana Leadership Institute and the first Latina faculty for the Center for Creative Leadership. The National Center for Women's Policy Studies honored her as a Wise Woman. In 2009 the Denver Post and Colorado Women's Foundation named her Colorado Unique Woman of the Year. She is in The Colorado Women's Hall of Fame.
 
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1 edition (May 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609948874
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609948870
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #692,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Juana Bordas has written a critically important book that should be compulsory reading for any and every leader in the United States. Bordas has a deep and comprehensive appreciation of the value of the cultural norms of Latino leadership. In this book, she draws on interviews and examples of outstanding Latino leaders to describe the values, qualities and nuances of Latino leadership that would be well embraced in any organization. Not only to leverage the value of a Latino workforce, be they colleagues or direct reports, but to balance the non-inclusive, "I" culture of most US organizations - an orientation that overlooks the gains to be realized with a more inclusive, "we" orientation. An inspiring read and invaluable in creating a more inclusive and ultimately successful organization.
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This book doesn't just tolerate or simply accept my Latino heritage: it affirms it. I have as Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, and this is the only leadership book I have ever read that has spoken to me personally and touched me so deeply that I now carry this book around with me. Since I've read it, there is rarely a meeting I attend, a paper I write, or a presentation I deliver where I don't look for the bits of wisdom in this book. This book also provides me with courage in my own Latino Leadership, something that can't be understated for a Mexican-American like myself who is the first person in my family to have graduated from college.

This book turns leadership on its head, thinking about leadership from a Latino perspective that is different than "traditional" views on leadership in the United States. Latino leadership is "we" focused, collective, communal, inclusive, diverse, dynamic, and focused on experience, people and emotions. "Traditional" leadership is individualistic, exclusive, and focused on outcomes. This is a perfect book for both people who are only beginning to explore what it means to be a Latino leader as well as people (like me) who put this on a shelf next to Freire and Anzaldua. I would also recommend this book to anyone who leads a team or organization that includes Latinos, or serves Latino communities. Working in an organization that is mostly White, I am pushing many This is simply a fantastic read that is sure to open many hearts, minds, and conversations for anyone who strives to embrace multiculturalism and diversity.
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Juana Bordas has written a fascinating and thorough reveiw of Latino Leadership in her powerful new book, The Power of Latino Leadership: 10 Principles of Inclusion, Community, and Contribution. It is a must read for anyone who is currently a leader or someone who aspires to become a leader in our multicultural world. While many of the basic principles of leadership apply to all people, the uniqueness of the Latino culture and values add a new dimension to understanding how to lead this growing segment of the American population. She shares the values she personally observed and participated in as a leader herself, focusing on the need for a new openness and understanding for success in becoming an effective leader. A leader must be flexible in embracing the changes that are happening in this country as more and more Latino leaders emerge to serve in all leadership venues. Congratulations to Juana Bordas for her tremendous effort in bringing forth these strong tenets of Latino leadership in such a clear and precise manner. They are understandable and applicable, with their focus on inclusion and opportunities for personal growth, so we can all move forward on our own personal leadership journey. Felicidades!
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Finally a book that explains the Latino Phenomenon - complex, culturally rich and historically significant. For those working in business the book provides an understanding of the fastest growing sector of the labor market and the small business sector. By the middle of this century Latinos will comprise half the US labor market, Savvy business leaders, managers, and entrepreneurs need to read this book to unlock the potential of this dynamic and hard working emerging group of leaders.

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Ms. Bordas provides an insight into the Latino culture that should be read by anyone trying to understand the revolution that is occurring in the United States today. Faster than the election of Obama by the Hispanic vote was reported, the Hispanic community is becoming the dominant force in our Country. Read about the what and why in this great book.
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It is hard to imagine a follow-up comparable to Juana Bordas's groundbreaking Salsa, Soul and Spirit but here it is.

Bordas has worked for decades in the development of leadership in communities on the social margins and on the margins of corporate communities. She understands the unrecognized values of marginalized groups and the unrecognized needs of those who occupy the mainstream. She writes with the full knowledge that the field of leadership studies is primarily a white, male enclave and as a consequence inadequate for the challenges we face now and will face. She informs us of the characteristics of Latino leadership, in an idealized fashion, that can provide us a path out of the box canyon of corporate leadership for profit and political leadership for power. In their place, she suggests a path of purpose, inclusion and contribute. Our recipes for success will increasingly call for more than ketchup. They will require salsa and numerous other condiments and ingredients that various groups bring to the kitchen.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if we began to understand leadership as Jackie Reed a community organizer in Chicago defined it. "Leadership provides the opportunity for others to give their gifts; to contribute to community." Bordas provides us a way forward with the caveat that this is culture we are talking about and change does not come easy.
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