Diversity-conscious leaders learn to change those around them by changing themselves.
Visit Globaltribe: http://www.pbs.org/kcet/globaltribe/voices and click on the names of various “voice of change” throughout the world. Read about their efforts to promote change. Then answer the following question:
How do you think their personal experiences interacting with diverse people and cultures have shaped their ability to be effective leaders?
After having read some of the voices of change in the world, I can say that these people were empowered to bring goodwill to the underprivileged and less fortunate amongst diverse peoples. For example, Martin Sheen (an actor) has been outspoken about helping the various third-world cultures succeed and is an activist for the cause. With contributions in the Philippines, the actor has fought to minimize poverty there and has said that the level of misfortune instilled in the young has motivated him to spread the image to first-world countries so that helpers and onlookers alike could care and be mindful of such. In addition, Sheen has been arrested 60 times for engaging in peace efforts across the globe, a level of dedication and risk that speaks for his ability to become an effective leader.
In fact, looking at this case, Martin Sheen’s experiences with interacting with peoples/cultures widespread have been dealt with by a cause of conscienceness and in my opinion, having a conscience (whether shaped by religious or philosophical/ ethical teachings) is the most appropriate attitude for being an effective leader. Because truly, most leaders I see have some level of greed and lack of acknowledgement of the third world struggle or even people within their leadership (of varying backgrounds).
If more people like Martin Sheen (who despite being known for an actor is a hardworking activist) took the the stand to lead, the world would be a better place.