Keeping leadership white: Invisible blocks to black leadership and its denial in white organizations

Lowe, Frank (2013) Keeping leadership white: Invisible blocks to black leadership and its denial in white organizations. Journal of Social Work Practice, 27 (2). pp. 149-162. ISSN 0265-0533

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This paper explores why leadership, especially senior leadership in British organizations, is persistently nearly always white. The paper contends that beneath the veneer of our apparent commitment to equal opportunities, primitive often unconscious factors operate to ensure that leadership remains white, thus reproducing a racial hierarchy in the workplace. It argues that the barriers to black and minority ethnic people getting appointed to leadership positions in organizations today are largely invisible and are hidden within the psyches of decision makers, the cultures of white organizations, and their combined impact on the confidence of black and minority ethnic staff.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online: 18 Jun 2013. Special Issue: Leadership and management in social work
Uncontrolled Keywords: Primitive Anxieties, White Organization, Leader-Prototype, Unconscious Racism, Denial, Projective Identification
Subjects: Groups & Organisations > Occupational Groups
Groups & Organisations > Racial/Cultural Groups
Management & Economics > Leadership - Social Behaviour
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
Depositing User: Ms Linda Dolben
Date Deposited: 03 May 2016 11:34
Last Modified: 03 May 2016 11:34
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/1272

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