Title: A conceptual framework for leading diversity

Authors: Christoph Maier

Addresses: 64 13th Street, Parkhurst 2193, South Africa

Abstract: The author proposes a fresh perspective on diversity. The individual ceases to be simply a member of a certain nation, ethnicity, race or gender group, and becomes a multi-faceted, unique kaleidoscope – a treasure for any workgroup. Setting out from this perspective, a conceptual framework for leading diversity – the |leading-diversity dice| – is developed. This framework focuses on personal behaviour and the interactions of workgroup members. It defines leading diversity as a rational, emotional and spiritual process that centres on a shared humaneness and the African concept of |isithunzi|. Practical implications are discussed and basic guidelines for the implementation of the conceptual framework as a tool for managers are outlined.

Keywords: diversity; race; gender; leadership; managing diversity; South Africa; multi-cultural management; organisational culture; personal behaviour; interaction; psychological processes; HRM; human resources management.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHRDM.2005.008510

International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management, 2005 Vol.5 No.4, pp.412 - 424

Published online: 24 Dec 2005 *

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