This paper provides a definition of leadership, diversity and multicultural influencing the process of leaders to achieve organizational objectives through changes. An effective leader could utilize these techniques to promote opportunities for success. There are traits involved in leadership like intelligence, confidence, and determination that are integral to become an effective leader. This can be considered a great leader you must motivate people to bring about positive changes and can develop a leader within each individual.
Key Words: Leadership, diversity and multicultural organization.
The leadership style and organizational culture can lead to multiple different theories, I believe the leadership styles involving transformative leadership have the most influential effect on organizational culture. Organizational culture is the key to excellence, leadership and self-image is a function to create and manage culture. Leadership is all about empowering followers to develop themselves and improving their performance beyond expectation.
The type of influence will a leader likely have to not consider culture when making management decisions. In the book, “Leadership in a Diverse and Multicultural Environment, Developing Awareness, Knowledge, and Skills,” According to Connerley and Pedersen (2005), “that culture influences our thoughts, words, and actions in ways that are often unrecognized, leading to misunderstandings. Each misunderstanding can become very expensive, both in terms of missed opportunities and less effective business outcomes. Leadership in a Diverse and Multicultural Environment provides leaders with the tools necessary to effectively interact with all individuals. Effective leaders can shape the culture of their organization to be accepting of individuals from all races, ethnicities, religions, and genders with a minimum of misunderstandings” (Connerley & Pedersen, 2005). Provide a culture centered leadership perspective can allowing organizational leaders the opportunity to attend to the continue to influence of culture. And effective leadership promotes an organizational culture that is more satisfying to both individuals and their leaders by embracing and celebrating differences.
Diversity and multiculturalism distinct terms but can have the same concept. Multiculturalism can be defined either descriptively or normatively as the mere survival of a diverse group of people. Multicultural leaders must be visionaries and can articulate that vision to others and to make the dream a reality. These types of leaders must have fundamental beliefs and attributes such as honesty and an ethical foundation which supports and enforces ethical behavior, ethics or values can be taught and refined as the leader grows. “Diversity by definition focuses on differences, while multiculturalism focuses on the aspect of multiple cultures” (Connerley & Pedersen, 2005). Therefore, I believe they are the same concept of function and purpose.
Understanding what diversity means and its historical roots in American society today, it is important to become familiar with the numerous influences on U.S. organizations strategies when addressing multiculturalism. Bigotry in America society has historically resulted in impoverishment for people of color. Segregation, Jim Crow and other legal forms of discrimination have had lasting effects on people of color, including minimal opportunities in education, employment, etc. Recent years have seen multiple organizations, corporations, and institutions recognizing that deep impact of historical prejudice.
As a result, these companies have recognized the need to develop strategies to address the need for multiculturalism in business, schools, workplaces, and other areas of human endeavors. There are multiple factors that influence the strategies of these organizations such as social movements, political engagement, demographic changes, and more. For example, many leaders in these certain organizations have designed ways to adapt to a new future underlined by varied demographic changes by employing multilingual workers or diversifying product placements and advertising. The focus of these strategies is to mitigate the effects of racism and ultimately eliminate discrimination in the United States. By concentrating on policies and programs at the local, state, and federal level, the outcome of these initiatives is to shape a narrative in the minds of the American people to be more accepting of a more inclusive society.
The Census 2000 report vividly outlined the demographic changes and trends within the American populace. The report can be used to make a comprehensive case that there is a greater need for multicultural skills today compared to 10 years ago. Globalization has required companies and institutions to develop skill sets that allow them to be competitive in the global marketplace. Demographic changes are reshaping the American political, social, and economic landscapes. Data from the 2000 Census underscore the importance of multicultural skills in American society today compared to a decade ago.
Technological advances have also created a need for the employees of this modern age to possess multicultural skills in order to be competitive the market place. The fastest growing economies are presently located in the developing world. New markets are therefore being established in Asia and Africa presenting opportunities for American businesses to expand to new markets. The demographic changes have had impacts in the social and political arenas whereas young people are becoming active in government and social movements. These shifts in population are critical to understanding where American society is heading in the following decades.
The aims of U.S. organizations to promote multiculturalism and diversity has generated conversations at all levels of society to begin understanding the circumstances that have mandated the exclusion of people of color from becoming full participatory members of society. These discussions can address the historic inequities and at the very least bring many communities across the political and social spectrum to find ways to work together for the benefit of everyone.
Around the world, diversity is becoming widespread and in some cases a necessity. Therefore, it is important for emerging leaders today to develop the required skills to help prepare them to lead a changing multicultural workforce in the future and manage change effectively and positively. Achieving the goal of encouraging citizen participation, an effective leadership action that could be used is transformative leadership. Transformative leadership is a style that inspires positive changes in its followers. In this capacity, such leaders inadvertently become role models. They tend to be encouraging, enthusiastic, and energetic. In so doing, the transformational leader encourages others to adopt the transformation process as their own and thus allows for the attainment of the targeted transformation. To put it sharply, the success of the transformational leaders is defined by their ability to offer others something that goes beyond self-interest: they provide other with an inspiring mission and vision and give them an identity. Transformative leaders are involved in the day to day tasks and are also committed to helping every team member succeed.
Leaders can encourage followers to express their differences with management. It is important for good leaders to nature an environment that is free of fear and conducive to constructive criticism. The ability to lead is the culmination of a set of skills and abilities, which are acquired and developed over time with experience, and motivation. As a leader, it is necessary to have a multitude of skills, but I believe the most important is the ability to communicate and collaborate with others. Leadership is a concept, way of life, and aspect of continuous evolution.
Organization goals and outline a plan for their followers to achieve these objectives. To foster supportive relationships, effective leaders should keep lines of communication open so that followers feel free to share ideas and so that leaders can offer direct recognition of the unique contributions of each follower. Leadership is about the influence the ability to influence your subordinates, your coworkers, and your supervisor in a work or organizational context.
Connerley, M., Pedersen, P. (2005). Leadership in a diverse and multicultural environment: Developing awareness, knowledge, and skills (pp.1-19). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Connerley, M., Pedersen, P. (2005). Review of the books Leadership in a diverse and multicultural environment: Developing awareness, knowledge, and skills. Retrieved from https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/leadership-in-a-diverse-and-multicultural-environment/book226494#description