This article addresses whether language diversity is relevant in leadership effectiveness. The research employed mixed methodology in a two-phase study examining language diversity and leadership effectiveness in the U.S. labor market using the language-as-resource (LAR) conceptual framework (Ruiz, 1984). The first phase analyzed 2010 General Social Survey data using proxy variables describing the relationship between languages other than English (LOTE) and occupational achievement. The second phase explored the role of LOTE in the leadership function with a focus group discussion. Insight about language diversity and leadership effectiveness was captured, with five themes emerging from the focus group discussion. This research is timely, given shifting U.S. demographics, and encourages organizations to hire leaders with LOTE skills, as well as to promote LOTE study.
"Language Diversity and Leadership Effectiveness,"
International Journal of Leadership and Change: Vol. 4
, Article 10.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijlc/vol4/iss1/10