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Sara E. Meléndez
“Leaders are usually people of vision, effective communicators, effective decision makers, and intelligent; they respect and value individuals and their dignity; they are committed to service and to obedience to the unenforceable; they have total honesty and integrity; they are kind; and they often see themselves as teachers.”
“The leaders I admire have a clear vision of how things should be. They are able to communicate that vision so others can share in it, and then get others to work together as a unit, each contributing his or her best toward the achievement of that vision.”
“Vision is the first important characteristic of leadership, and it can present an obstacle for people of color, women, individuals with disabilities, and others who are not cast in the traditional mold. Their ability to communicate their different vision will be their first major challenge.”
“Women and people of color often have to be careful about how they convey their passion and conviction, particularly with what are considered stereotypically female or minority issues. Often expressions of passion in white men are lauded, while similar passion is often seen as emotionalism when it is expressed by women, or confrontation when it is expressed by men of color.”