Leading While Black: The Intersectionality of Race, Leadership, and God


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6.35 X 8.54 X 0.54 inches | 0.68 pounds

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About the Author

Torrance J. R. Jones (Ed.D., St. John Fisher University) is the Sheriff's Community Affairs Executive at the Monroe County Sheriff's Office in Rochester, New York, assistant professor of business at Houghton University, adjunct professor of executive leadership at St. John Fisher University, and an ordained minister.


The duality of being Black and Christian as part of our understanding of the Black Christian identity and executive leadership is a welcome offering. Torrance Jones takes bold steps informing Black Christian executives that they can be themselves and not lose the descriptor that defines their realities of being both Black and Christian. I say, "Bring it on!" Leading While Black is an important work by Jones because this masterpiece accurately depicts a cultural appreciation and representation that touches on what matters in the effort to create being and identity, both Black and Christian. Don't leave home without that identity. --The Rev. Dr. Marlowe V. N. Washington, Senior Diversity Officer, St. John Fisher University, and pastor of Agape Fellowship United Methodist Church

Dr. Torrance Jones has expertly articulated the complexities of "leading (and living) while Black." The layered intersections of race, gender, and religion are vividly described through poignant stories from notable professionals who rely on their faith to persevere through spaces historically not meant for people from marginalized groups. This is a must-read for leaders from all sectors who desire to show up authentically in every aspect of their life. --Dr. Myra P. Henry, president and CEO, YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County

In a time of silent resignation and increased social consciousness of mental health, Dr. Torrance Jones has a distinctive ability to allow the reader to deepen their understanding of the psychological toll of the intersectionality of Christianity and leadership within the workplace, which often is unspoken, resulting in individuals silently battling their authentic self and their "safe" representative self. To truly understand an individual and community, leadership must allow the authentic self to enter the room. --April Aycock, mental health director, Monroe County Office of Mental Health

Reading Torrance Jones's Leading While Black sparked so many emotions. I saw myself many times as I was reading the stories of others, especially those leading while being a Black woman. This book was a reminder to pause and take a moment to reflect on my identity and how I show up. Understanding who I am and whose I am will forever be important to remember. --Dr. Yvette Conyers, clinical associate professor, George Washington University School of Nursing