Global and diverse leadership

In this Sydney Ideas talk, Professor Jean Lau Chin from Adelphi University in New York will examine what successful 21st century leadership should look like in our increasingly diverse and global society.

Leadership today is more important than ever as the 21st century brings about rapid and significant change in society and our institutions. As our communities become increasingly diverse and more connected internationally, we find existing leadership models are not inclusive of all groups; they reflect the prevailing dominant culture and not the leadership of minority and indigenous groups or women. Nor are these models culturally competent for how diverse leaders can be effective with the groups they lead or the outcomes they intend to achieve. 

Preliminary research (Chin & Trimble, 2014) demonstrates that culture and diversity matters in leadership which, in turn, is influenced by the social identities and lived experiences of leaders and followers, and shaped by cultural values and expectations, and by social and organizational contexts. Few studies of leadership address diverse and culturally competent leadership. We need to move from leadership prototypes and models rooted in narrow Western or Eurocentric paradigms to more complex and multidimensional paradigms.

This event was held at the University of Sydney on Thursday 17 May 2018.


Jean Lau Chin, EdD, ABPP is a Professor at Adelphi University in New York. She is distinguished as an educator, administrator, clinician and is currently the 2018 Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the University of Sydney.  She has trained psychologists and health care professionals, and developed culturally competent training and services for working with diverse populations. Her most recent book is Global and Culturally Diverse Leaders and Leadership: Challenges for Business, Education and Society.

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