Query: Can the Afro-American be an Effective Executive?

by Kenneth Goode

Fall 1970

Volume 13
Issue 1

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The business, industrial, governmental and educational institutions place a great trust in their executives. These persons are assumed to render effective leadership so that the institutions will thrive and give increasing strength to the society. Concern for executive leadership is also seen in the efforts of most organizations to improve the selection of personnel and to establish executive development programs. Colleges and universities are increasing, developing, or revising curricula, internships, and seminars. Private firms, governmental agencies, and quasi-public organizations recognize that they must meet specified goals and are doing all that is necessary in the most expedient and effective fashion. Many questions and concerns are vital, for the success or failure of an organization depends largely on the effectiveness of its executives. Organizations must be willing to contribute executive staff, funds, facilities, and equipment to enhance the possibilities that institutions, which educate Afro-Americans, will graduate persons able to compete for executive positions. In some cases this may mean developing special training programs for potential Afro-American executives. Organizations must intensify their efforts to convince the black community that they are serious about recruitment for executive positions.

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