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Salsa, Soul, and Spirit: Leadership for a Multicultural Age by [Bordas, Juana]
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About the Author

Juana Bordas is president of Mestiza Leadership International in Denver and vice president of the board of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership. A former faculty member for the Center for Creative Leadership, she taught in the Leadership Development Program (LDP) - the most highly utilized executive program in the world. She is a founder of Mi Casa Women's Center, which is recognized as a national model for women's empowerment, and founding president/CEO of the National Hispana Leadership Institute, the only program in America that prepares Latinas for national leadership.


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  • File Size: 2661 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 2 edition (March 26, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 10, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007D36KWY
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In her book, Bordas does a brilliant job of bringing multicultural issues in the U.S. to the forefront; especially discussing how ethnic diversity affects Western organizations in the twenty-first century. The author offers a discussion of adopting collaborative efforts as part of a new leadership paradigm that urges persons from all backgrounds to think about leadership in a progressive light. More importantly, Bordas argues that now is the time to examine the values of multiple groups to address the issues of a "new multicultural age." Juana Bordas presents the leadership beliefs of three specific cultures (Latino, African-American and Native American) and suggests that all leaders embrace principles that are symbolic of an inclusive society, rather than a segregated one.

Instead of suggesting that the leadership principles of the three "communities of color" she discusses be imitated by a dominant American culture; Juana Bordas makes it very clear that there are leadership approaches within each of those communities that are valuable across cultures. Some of those cross-cultural principles are: learning from the past; a spirit of generosity; community conferred leadership; a tradition of activism; working for the common good; the village-the tribe; gratitude, hope and forgiveness; and a call to action. These leadership notions can benefit everyone in a multicultural society, not just specific groups. Bordas illustrates the applicability of these values across groups by providing personal examples that serve as anecdotes to convey the benefits of employing collaborative, cross-cultural approaches.

This book is an easy read and one filled with warm, heart-felt experience that illustrates the potentials for transforming our society into one full of hope.
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Juana Bordas is a mixed-race female with a ton of qualifications for writing a book on leadership, in which she writes about the types of leadership in Black, Indian, and Hispanic groups. The material on leadership is great (e.g. a shift from individualistic leadership--American--to a people leadership--Indian), but this book probably could have been about a hundred pages shorter. Overall a good read for young readers learning about leadership.
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As a young Latina in college I was so appreciative to find Salsa, Soul, and Spirit – finally a book that spoke to my experiences and more than that to the powerful forms of leadership in communities of color. As America becomes a multicultural nation it is essential that we know the stories and contributions of the many people who have built this country. For young millennials this is a must read – we will live in the global multicultural age and this book prepares us to be leaders and make our contributions while staying true to our cultures and background.
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A very enlightening look at the leadership styles and priorities of three minority cultures I the United States. I especially appreciated the follow-up activity suggestions at the end of each chapter.
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J. Bordas offers beautifully realized academic and community-centered approaches to leadership;immediately accessible, relatable and germaine to the emergent needs of 21st Century Business Leaders. Presented are traditions well-rooted in holistic approaches to honoring people first thereby facilitating tasking that pushes forward with purposefulness, collaboration and excellence in product and process. Equally important, philosophical and actionable approaches are offered to assist the reader toward fulfillment of authentic, servant and adaptive leadership practices as original constructs of multi-active indigenous and ethnic practices.
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-- From the first page this "text" read like a novel, excitement and adventure on every page. I stopped underlining her quotes with my yellow pen, and just started reading what felt like another beautiful novel from Isabel Allende, same colorful and intense style. Surely they must have been childhood friends! Juana moved me with her I to We message, as Blacks, Native Peoples, or Hispanics we must stand together to build the new community, working together like we did in the fields . . . making our lives better.
Juana Bordas hits you with information that has to impact where we will be in the next ten or twenty years, her Preface is a wake up call: "In just one decade, a majority of Americans under age eighteen will be non-white." If you are planning to retire soon, who will be paying into Social Security to fund your nest?
I ask you to read and then read again what Juana tells us about the Iroquois Seventh Generation Rule. I hope we can share this with our current and future leaders -- to always consider the impact of our decisions on our children, their children's children, and unto seven generations. It is so little to ask of our leaders and politicians. Enjoy what Juana has given us, from her youth as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Chile, and a leader in the Southwest among Native Americans, Blacks, and Hispanics!
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This is a powerful and important contribution to the leadership literature. Juana's book pulls together insights, concepts, and values that collectively challenge the very foundations of much of western leadership theory (individualism, competition, and more). Salsa, Soul, and Spirit highlights ancient wisdom that is utterly relevant to navigating today's 21st century challenges, and does so with Juana's inimitable style, energy, and insight.

It's a great book. Whether you're a leadership scholar interested in theory or a layperson eager to learn how to effectively navigate our increasingly multicultural world, you need to give this a read.
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