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Conclusion—Intersections of Race, Work, and Leadership

Lessons in Advancing Black Leaders

LAURA MORGAN ROBERTS and ANTHONY J. MAYO

The twenty-first century has demonstrated that African Americans, when given the opportunity, are capable of leading at the highest levels—politically (in the White House and Cabinet), in educational institutions, in corporations, and in nonprofits and foundations. As an exemplar, Americans chose former US president Barack Obama as the top president in their lifetime (Pew Research Center, July 2018). Though he is a political leader, not a corporate leader, Obama engineered one of the most dramatic economic turnarounds in US history, taking the helm during the recession that began in 2008.

Yet advances in ...

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