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High-Performance Comes With Authentic Leadership

07/07/2015 10:25AM

By Glenn Llopis

The following topic was introduced as part of a survey conducted by CHL on (4) Hispanic Professional Linked-in groups in February of 2010 (i.e. Hispanic Professionals, The National Hispanic Sales Network, Hispanic Human Resources Network and NSHMBA):

Why Are Hispanics Effective Managers & Executives?

There are 6 core characteristics that define our Hispanic Talent: 1) See Opportunity in Everything (Keep Your Immigrant Perspective), 2) Anticipate the Unexpected (Employ Your Circular Vision), 3) Unleash Your Passionate Pursuits (Exploring Endless Possibilities), 4) Live with an Entrepreneurial Spirit (Innovation Comes Second-Nature), 5) Work with a Generous Purpose (Share the Harvest of Your Success) and 6) Embrace Your Cultural Promise (Lead to Leave a Legacy).

Maximizing performance and leadership effectiveness is realized when we learn how to be our most authentic selves by leading in ways that come most naturally to us as Hispanic professionals.  The solution:  by applying the aforementioned six core characteristics.

This following represents the general opinions, thoughts and viewpoints of the more than 300+ Hispanic Professionals that responded:

"Wow - thank you for this nice summary! Often times we are 'sandwiched' in between our Hispanic heritage and American culture that our identity gets challenged and we even begin to question ourselves while working our way through the corporate world. This is great reinforcement and validation that definitely will enhance our endeavors as we journey through it all. "

Alicia Z.

"We (Hispanics) have work ethics beyond comparison. Being from the X generation, my parents' unwavering example of "working hard" and "doing the right thing" shaped my vision of leadership and integrity. Great post, Glenn!"

Joyce D., CSP

"Thanks Glenn for sharing these characteristics. I would also add that we are prepared for the 'unexpected'. I have worked in multicultural teams and when something doesn't go according to the plan, Hispanics are there to find a solution right away. We are creative and positive professionals."

Silvia K.

"Great discussion....in the multicultural marketing world we often have to differentiate between the Latino professional and the professional Latino. The later is incredibly counterproductive.  To the above discussion I would add that there does seem to be a immigrant mindset that drives work ethic among Latinos, but the 2nd and 3rd generations now are more influential due to their size. It is necessary to explore what values they hold and prioritize to have a true sense of today's Latino professional. "

Victor P.

"Terrific post! Doing business here in Miami, I've met so many successful Cuban-born entrepreneurs who came to this country with the shirt on their back and not much more - it's really remarkable! I agree with Victor's observation, however, in regards to this generation's (and the coming generation's) values & priorities being explored and even compared to generations past. Would actually make a terrific documentary film. "

Dan P.

"Victor - excellent contribution and thoughts. I would agree that acculturation and assimilation factors might contribute to these values."

Miguel C.

"Glenn, the six characteristics you defined are on point. I speak to young Hispanics coming into with this attitude that they are going to conquer the world. A great attitude but and a good work ethic is what I tell them is the key to being successful. I will definitely use these characteristics going forward, is there additional information that can be passed on? "

Richard M., MBA

"The mix of the Latino culture brings a variety of characteristics that makes it hard for anyone to "put us in a box". The six characteristics mentioned are interesting, and have merit to a certain degree. The challenge is that each of these affects us all differently.  There are Latinos that have not fulfilled their "Generous Purpose" or have not learned how to network enough to find the right opportunity. Some of this, I believe is due to the fact that we believe that our hard work will get recognized and that doing a great job will be enough to get us ahead or to make us more money. We need that "link" or "bond" as a community to pull one another up to the next level. If everyone takes that as their responsibility...to help another Latino up to the next level we begin to put people in positions to do this exponentially. It is beyond networking....it is about getting Latinos to the next level. "

Pablo G.

"Excellent posting, Glenn, I knew there had to be a reason (or six of them) why I am so proud of my heritage! But seriously, thanks again. Very nicely summed up. "

Mario A. V., MS, MBA, CSP 

"I agree that Latino's don't network enough to allow them to get ahead.  Many of us work very hard and spend many hours making a buck but when it comes to finding a way to do things easier by networking we don't do it enough. If we see how the Jewish community has networked we could do much better, being from Miami I saw how the Cuban American National Foundation changed their strategy in the mid 80's and were able to be a lot more resourceful than before. Latinos  should and must do more networking."

Carlos M.

"Glenn, this is the best character breakdown of Hispanic professionals I have seen. I think you captured the defining characteristics with # 1, 3, 5, and 6. Where can someone find more information on this?"

Ernesto G.

"Glenn, As a Latino professional I agree with several of your statements.  They are spot on.  However, there are 2 that I am struggling with because of my own observations (much to my disappointment).  Latinos are not all socially responsible. It is the upbringing they receive. I grew up with many Latinos and I can tell you the last thing that some of these individuals were was socially responsible. There is also a whole generation of senior Latino professionals that feel no need to give back or assist other Latinos - and having the mindset that they did it on their own and other Latinos must as well. After 20 years of working in corporate America I can tell you no one makes it on their own.

The second item is vision. We may have some vision as to what we want but this does not translate into the corporate world. Because many Latinos believe that hard work and dedication will get them promoted we neglect to network with others in the organization and help so when it is there time to go for a promotion, few if anyone knows they are interested.

Thank you again for propelling a great dialogue.   I just wanted to share this info with you.  Please contact me if you would like to discuss this in greater detail."

Freddie T.

"I was already proud of being Hispanic and I unconsciously knew about all the good characteristics you named in your discussion; however it is always nice to hear it from somebody else…Thank you very much, this was inspirational!

As a Latina, I clearly understand our differences within the “Hispanic Community”, but at the same time, our similarities make us stronger in the US and these are the aspects we should all work in. Thanks for summarizing them perfectly! Thanks for remaining us who we are and why we are here for! Hispanics are innate leaders!"

Maria Fernanda B., MBA

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The cultural demographic shift™ in the United States is about the workplace and marketplace telling us that it is becoming less about the business defining the individual and more about the individual defining the business. This is exactly why Hispanics – both entering the workplace in search of the right employer who will allow them to be their authentic selves as well as those professionals who have been battling the gulf between assimilation and authenticity – are now ready to advance as 21st century leaders by activating their immigrant perspective; that is, the influence their cultural values have on the natural ways they think, act and are motivated to perform at work.