The Afrocentric Idea in Leadership Studies
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Despite the emerging discourse in leadership studies there is a dearth of information related to the Black American perspective of leadership. For example, in The SAGE Handbook of Leadership there is no discussion about leadership from a Black American perspective (Bryman et al. 2011). The handbook represents one of the dilemmas in leadership studies with regard to the limited discourse from diverse cultural perspectives. It is FOHDUWKDWWKLVHPHUJLQJDQGG\QDPLF¿HOGPLVVHVWKH$IURFHQWULFLGHD a component that could inform the study of leadership enhancing the practice of leadership.