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ERIC Number: ED355638
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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Biography and Leadership: Exploring Issues of Race and Gender.
Preskill, Stephen
The study of biography, particularly the different roles people assume to overcome institutional constraints and prejudice, provides important insight into connections between society and the individual and between leaders and followers. Biography can be used effectively to examine leadership issues, particularly from an African-American perspective. It humanizes history and helps us connect with political, social, and economic forces. Biography is used in this way in a doctoral Educational Leadership Program at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. The course begins with readings on the nature of biography, experiences of skilled biographers, and sketches of white, male leaders. These works are contrasted with biographies of black leaders, illustrating the importance of difference and alienation in black leadership. Also, it shows African-American leadership as being driven by the search for freedom and autonomy. Biographies of black leaders also highlight the theme of education and the responsibility communities have for educating their members. The class also examines how gender has been a constant barrier to leadership. Biographies can expand leadership theory beyond the white, male experience, and confirm that leaders over time acquire a strong sense of themselves. (Contains 22 references.) (JPT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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