Race, Work & Leadership


New Perspectives on the Black Experience

About the book

Race, Work, and Leadership is a rare and important compilation of essays that examines how race matters in people’s experience of work and leadership. What does it mean to be black in corporate America today? How are racial dynamics in organizations changing? How do we build inclusive organizations?

Key Takeaways

For Individuals

Gain insights on ways to fuel the career paths and prospects of black professionals and other underrepresented groups.

For Organizations

Enable organizations and their leaders to adopt new practices and programs that support the advancement of all, not just the few.

For Academics

Stimulate a vibrant stream of research that helps to normalize black leadership throughout organizations, across industries, and in society as a whole.

Editorial Reviews

"A seminal compilation that quantitatively captures the experience of being and becoming a black leader in America. Let the much-needed conversations begin."

Ann Fudge, retired Chairman and CEO, Young & Rubicam Brands

2019-08-28T11:05:27-07:00

Ann Fudge, retired Chairman and CEO, Young & Rubicam Brands

"A seminal compilation that quantitatively captures the experience of being and becoming a black leader in America. Let the much-needed conversations begin."
"This book has the potential to change the entire narrative about the experience of black people. Never before has there been such a compilation of compelling and probing insights and data about how black people have navigated and still navigate the unique historical and contemporary barriers of the workplace."

Katherine W. Phillips, Reuben Mark Professor of Organizational Character and Director, Bernstein Center for Leadership and Ethics, Columbia Business School

2019-08-30T12:20:40-07:00

Katherine W. Phillips, Reuben Mark Professor of Organizational Character and Director, Bernstein Center for Leadership and Ethics, Columbia Business School

"This book has the potential to change the entire narrative about the experience of black people. Never before has there been such a compilation of compelling and probing insights and data about how black people have navigated and still navigate the unique historical and contemporary barriers of the workplace."
"Race, Work, and Leadership reflects my story as an African American leader in both higher education and industry. Being 'both visible and invisible,' managing through 'contested authority' that threatens our legitimacy, and needing a strong sense of self and exceptional resilience is the reality for black leaders in America. This work suggests strategies for leading despite resistance and provides a balm for those of us who wonder 'is it only me?'" 

Linda S. Oubre, President, Whittier College

2019-08-30T12:24:38-07:00

Linda S. Oubre, President, Whittier College

"Race, Work, and Leadership reflects my story as an African American leader in both higher education and industry. Being 'both visible and invisible,' managing through 'contested authority' that threatens our legitimacy, and needing a strong sense of self and exceptional resilience is the reality for black leaders in America. This work suggests strategies for leading despite resistance and provides a balm for those of us who wonder 'is it only me?'" 
"Roberts, Mayo, and Thomas bring together an impressive and interdisciplinary roster of experts who offer evidence-based insights into the breadth and richness of the black professional experience. Written from a scholarly perspective yet with important implications for practice, this book provides guidance for how we might drive meaningful change in organizations to enrich the career experiences of marginalized groups--particularly black leaders."

 Quinetta Roberson, Professor of Management, Villanova University

2019-08-30T12:25:02-07:00

 Quinetta Roberson, Professor of Management, Villanova University

"Roberts, Mayo, and Thomas bring together an impressive and interdisciplinary roster of experts who offer evidence-based insights into the breadth and richness of the black professional experience. Written from a scholarly perspective yet with important implications for practice, this book provides guidance for how we might drive meaningful change in organizations to enrich the career experiences of marginalized groups--particularly black leaders."
"This compelling book sheds light on the challenges encountered by African American executives seeking to climb the corporate ladder. It should be required reading for senior executives who are serious about ensuring that their organizations can compete effectively for the best talent."

Ken Frazier, Chairman and CEO, Merck

2019-08-30T12:25:39-07:00

Ken Frazier, Chairman and CEO, Merck

"This compelling book sheds light on the challenges encountered by African American executives seeking to climb the corporate ladder. It should be required reading for senior executives who are serious about ensuring that their organizations can compete effectively for the best talent."

Table of Contents

At a glance:

Forward

1. Why a Volume on Race, Work, and Leadership?

Section 1: History and Critical Questions in Black Business Leadership

Section 2: Comparative Studies

Section 3: Phenomenological Studies

Section 4: Theorizing Black Leadership

Section 5: The Future

Meet the Editors

Laura Morgan Roberts
Editor

is a Professor of Practice at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and a visiting scholar at Harvard Business School’s Gender Initiative. A thought leader in diversity, inclusion, authenticity and identity development, she is the coeditor of Positive Identities and Organizations and Positive Organizing in a Global Society, and the author of numerous research articles, teaching cases, and practitioner-oriented tools, including influential Harvard Business Review articles.

Tony Mayo
Editor

is the Thomas S. Murphy Senior Lecturer of Business Administration in the Organizational Behavior Unit of Harvard Business School. With Nitin Nohria, he is the coauthor of In Their Time and Paths to Power, both published by Harvard Business Review Press.

David A. Thomas
Editor

is President of Morehouse College. He previously served as Dean of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and as the H. Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. His research addresses issues related to leadership, executive development, and cultural diversity in organizations, and his book, Breaking Through, coauthored with fellow HBS professor John J. Gabarro, is the standard on how minorities become executives.

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Our Contributors

  • Veronica Caridad Cruz Rabelo

  • Martin Davidson

  • Tawana Davis

  • Kathryn Fraser

  • Henry Louis Gates, JR.

  • Erika James

  • Courtney McCluney

  • Audrey Murrell

  • Lakshmi Ramarajan

  • Laura Morgan Roberts

  • Karen Samuels

  • David Thomas

  • David Wilkins

  • Toigo Foundation

  • Adia Harvey Wingfield

  • Lynn Wooten

  • Melissa Wooten

Resources

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