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ERIC Number: EJ805657
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1741-1432
Conceptualizing Diversity and Leadership: Evidence from 10 Cases
Lumby, Jacky
Educational Management Administration & Leadership, v34 n2 p151-165 2006
This article uses the theoretical framework of broad and narrow ways of conceptualizing diversity, the latter focusing primarily on those characteristics that are likely to lead to disadvantage, ethnicity, gender and disability, and the broader encompassing many more characteristics of "difference", such as educational background, leadership style. It analyses evidence from 10 organizations in the Learning and Skills Sector in England to suggest that in most cases, while staff may be aware of the political dimension of narrower conceptualizations, they reject the latter as irrelevant or impractical, and certainly more problematic. Their orientation coverts "managing diversity", derived from human resources theory, from its intended aim of increasing equity, to a conceptual sleight of hand for sidestepping uncomfortable issues. Staff are shown both to create an "other" than the norm, an "outgroup" particularly in relation to black and ethnic minority potential leaders, and to homogenize those who have entered leadership to delete any "other". The article concludes by suggesting current leadership theory is complicit in underpinning the process of exclusion. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)