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All the Leader You Can Be: The Science of Achieving Extraordinary Executive Presence by Suzanne Bates

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CHAPTER 12

Executive Presence and Diversity

It’s a Global World

If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.

—JOHN F. KENNEDY

Daniel Jackson had been with a global energy firm for 18 years when we met him. An African American from a small rural town in the Deep South, he had grown up in a tight-knit ethnic community within a still quite segregated society. His parents prized and encouraged education. Daniel did well in school and discovered a keen interest in mathematics and in education. Inspired by an attentive and caring teacher, he went to college with every expectation of becoming a teacher. And he did, for a while.

But soon after he got married and he and his wife started to plan a family, ...

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