The Power of Latino Leadership: Culture, Inclusion, and Contribution
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Over 50 million Latinos live in the United States, and it’s estimated that by 2050 one in three of the US population will be Hispanic. What does it take to lead such a varied and vibrant people who hail from twenty-two different countries and are a blend of different races? And what can leaders of all cultures and ethnicities learn from how Latinos lead?
Juana Bordas takes us on a journey to the very heart and soul of Latino leadership. She offers ten principles that richly illustrate the inclusive, people-oriented, socially responsible, and life-affirming way Latinos have led their communities. Bordas includes the voices and experiences of other distinguished Latino leaders and vivid dichos (traditional sayings) that illustrate positive aspects of the Latino culture. This unprecedented book illustrates powerful and distinctive lessons that will inform leaders of every background.
was great symbolism in her image. The rays of sun circling her meant she came from their god. Her Nahuatl name, Tlecuautlapcupeuth, means “the one who comes from the region of light on the wings of an eagle.”14 The eagle represents vision and the future. Her hands are in the Indian style of offering—she was bringing them hope, protection, and acceptance at a time of desolation. The eyes are cast down in quiet composure, a stance many Indians would take to survive. Her exquisite mantle was
economic benefits, have a higher standard of living, and enjoy greater opportunity and certain privileges. In addition, in a materialistic culture the high significance placed on wealth and status is connected to individual value and worth. People who have higher economic status are simply treated as if they are more important, special, smarter, or more talented. White privilege has structured society to favor some groups and to make access more difficult for others.4 Moreover, there is a general
started ASPIRA to train Puerto Rican youth, had a knack for building circular relationships and encouraging young people to share responsibility: “What do you do about the future?” she asked. “I make the future. You make the future. We make the future together.” 3. Promote meaningful participation LATINO LEADERS UNDERSTAND THAT developing youths’ capacity necessitates hands-on participation, which increases skills, ownership, and commitment. For intergenerational leadership to be “real,”
and journeyed across town. Humbly, she entreated the mother superior at the Academy of Holy Names to give her daughter a scholarship. The mother superior agreed to half a scholarship. Every Sunday, my mother and I would get up at 5 a.m. to babysit children at church during Mass to earn the remaining tuition. My senior year I found out many of my classmates were going to college. That sounded like a great idea. My parents immigrated here so I could get a good education. But my mother, with a
in the Western Hemisphere, with highly educated citizens. President Eduardo Frei was Hispanic, as were the senators, mayors, presidents of Chilean universities, TV station directors, the heads of its army and navy, and executives of every business. Growing up in the good old USA in the ’50s, I had no idea someone of my culture could achieve such high-level leadership. In my childhood successful people were without exception White, which is still true for most leaders in top positions. I realized