Working with Diversity: A Focus on the Authentic Self as a Feature of Effective Relationships for Leaders and Teachers

By Lyn Pascoe and Murray Fletcher.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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In this paper we will discuss the possibility that the somewhat nebulous notion of relationship may hinge on the ability of each of us to function as fully authentic individuals whose work empowers and encourages others to recognise and live their own unique lives in a seamless and safe learning community. We will investigate the notion of “being”, of authenticity in ourselves and its impact on our ability to naturally accept diversity as a normal part of our practice. We posit that when we know ourselves deeply, we are able to demonstrate our humanness in a way that allows others in our diverse workplaces to feel respected and empowered to offer their own unique gifts to complement those of others to create unique and powerful new learning for the 21st century.

Keywords: Authenticity, Diversity, Relationships, Ontology, Being

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp.53-60. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 594.864KB).

Lyn Pascoe

Adviser, Faculty of Education, School Support Services, University of Waikato, Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand

Facilitator of English Language Learners in Inservice teacher education. Primary trained teacher. Interests: Ethnic communities, spirituality of teaching, ontological coaching.

Murray Fletcher

Adviser/lecturer, Faculty of Education, School of Education, University of Waikato, Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand

Facilitator of Professional Learning for leaders. Lecturer in Leadership Development. Interests: School Culture, Belonging, spirituality in leadership, authentic leadership, Ontological coaching, appreciative inquiry.


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