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Salsa, Soul, and Spirit: Leadership for a Multicultural Age

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As the world becomes flatter and globalization creates a world village, it is imperative that leaders have the cultural flexibility and adaptability to inspire and guide people from very distinct backgrounds that represents the whole rainbow of humanity. Salsa, Soul and Spirit: Leadership for a Multicultural Nation puts forth a multicultural leadership model that integrate
Paperback, 226 pages
Published April 28th 2007 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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In what this book promises, "Leadership for a Multicultural Age", it is an abysmal failure. This failure is rooted in Juana's insistence of having to degrade or devalue one culture in order to elevate others. An example of this is her attack on the "Protestant work ethic", somehow inferring that it is an awful thing. Later in the book while talking about a positive aspect of African-American culture that originates from the Protestant tradition, she seems unable to attribute positive aspects to ...more
Apr 02, 2015 Silver rated it liked it
Shelves: social-work
This book is very broad strokes and big ideas. It is also very idealistic. It's a road map of how to lead our country into a new and more egalitarian era but it also fails to truly describe and acknowledge all the barriers that such a path would take. Still worth a read but take it with a grain of salt. The author tries her best to stay upbeat and positive even when talking about some of the horrors of our country's past.

I think my biggest issue with the book is that it presumes to talk about an
Feb 01, 2017 Jenna rated it did not like it
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I found this book to be appropriative, exclusive, rooted in colorism, and naive regarding the interplay of leadership with in certain POC communities.
Ms. Bordas weaves each principal with the same call to “Infuse Salsa Soul and Spirit into American Leadership.” (Bordas, 1997, p. 9) She continuously explores and reveals the relationships, interactions and community building that Latino, Black and American Indian Leaders has with people. She shows with the combination of activism, spirituality and commitment; how leaders within the community speak for those who may not be heard, take action for those who are unable to act and help mobilize folk ...more
Apr 13, 2008 Michelle rated it really liked it
I thought I knew what "diversity" meant before reading this book but my definition is so much richer now that I've read Bordas' words. This book gives a great account of the strong leadership in the Black, Hispanic and American Indian cultures. Bordas explains the lessons of people of color, and how they have a strong sense of community ("we" vs. "I") and feel a civic duty. These communities have historically been oppressed, which has required them to stay together, help each other, and work tog ...more
Terry Michaels
Sep 02, 2008 Terry Michaels rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people wanting to make a difference in their communities
Recommended to Terry by: professor Dr. Vicky Young
This book is for anyone interested in leadership and learning about it from a collective approach. Gives lots of insight to white American culture, and explains Latino, Native American, and African American leadership methods derived from their cultures. Sometimes it was hard for me to distinguish one key point Bordas was making from another key point, but I loved her passion and enthusiasm for mixing our cultures and acknowledging, accepting, and using the best ideas and leadership approaches t ...more
This is a great book, a great resource for my Student Leadership & Development program. It offers a great view of multicultural leadership development from various perspectives that include the Latino, African American, and Native American communities. I also love the various exercises that are offered at the end of each section. If you are looking for a resource that will help get you started on creating positive, interactive workshops and discussions with college students, then this is a b ...more
Jun 28, 2015 V rated it really liked it
I really like the approach and style of this book and am looking forward to referring to it again. I like how it used the three themes of "salsa, soul, and spirit" to represent the different cultures used in the text. I also connected with the idea of how important communities, values, and compromise are for leaders to understand in their work.

I recommend this book.

Nov 01, 2013 Ariah rated it it was amazing
This was a great book. I've been struggling to find leadership materials that don't follow a traditional, euro-centric, patriarchal concept of leadership. This book really highlights a great many aspects of leadership from a less "me" orientation and more communal perspective from a variety of other cultures and histories. I'd highly recommend it.
Katie Beeman
Jan 25, 2011 Katie Beeman rated it liked it
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This was a very intersting book looking at Latino and African American cultures and what makes them special and different. It also talks about leadership keys to working with different groups and ways to understand their needs. I highly recommend it to someone working in a multicultural field.
Mar 24, 2012 Jacqueline marked it as to-read
I was able to meet the Author at a book signing/reading. This is the 2nd edition of the book. The addition to the book explains how to work with the incoming workforce, Generation Y... The Millennials. She even dedicated the 2nd edition of the book to the Millennial Generation.
Barbara Lovejoy
Sep 03, 2012 Barbara Lovejoy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I went to the author's presentation at Salt Lake Community College last week--August 29,2012--and was so impressed. I could hardly wait to read her book which I bought that day. This book is definitely one we will want to use at Esperanza.
Louise Sullivan
This was a required book for a class. I found it somewhat hard to read. While there was good information, I found a lot of it was just too simplistic.
Jul 20, 2008 Lmrains rated it it was amazing
This book gives a good background about multicultural leadership. It would be useful in a classroom as it has activities at the end of each chapter.
Sarah Price
Oct 21, 2013 Sarah Price rated it liked it
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I liked the message and content of this book but felt it was repetitive.
Jul 04, 2013 Ed rated it really liked it
I really, really liked this book. I should probably read it again soon.
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