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Unified Journal of Political Science and International Relations

December 2015 Vol 1(1), pp. 001-006

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Original Research Article

The Leadership Challenge of Overcoming the Scourge of Racism: The Coping and Mitigative Strategies Used by Leaders.

Christopher M. kimaru

North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC

Corresponding Author's Email: ckimaru@nccu.edu

Accepted 28 August, 2015.


Abstract


Race is not a leadership challenge in culturally monolithic societies. In the United States, Caucasian leaders do not have to deal with the challenge as much as their African American counterparts. Society seems to accept their role as leaders more readily than they accept Black, Hispanic, Asian and other minority leaders. Thus, the leaders from these groups have to deal with an added challenge of coping with racism. This paper focuses on this challenge of racism, especially among African American Leaders, and examines how successful African American leaders cope or mitigate this challenge, while seeking to be effective in their leadership roles. Depersonalization of self and migrating to a group conceptualization is a common strategy that African American and minority leaders use effectively, but it can be tiring in the long run, especially if the leader wants to be comfortable with who he or she is.

Keywords: Depersonalization, leadership Challenge, monolithic societies, leadership effectiveness, black leadership, prototypicality.

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Kimaru, C.The Leadership Challenge of Overcoming the Scourge of Racism: The Coping and Mitigative Strategies Used by Leaders. Unified Journal of Political Science and International Relations. 1(1) 2015 pp. 001-006.




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