In this episode of the Accounting Influencers Podcast hosted by Rob Brown, the guest Dr Juana Bordas discusses the importance of intergenerational and intercultural leadership in the accounting industry. Bordas explains that elders play a crucial role as a bridge between generations, sharing their experiences and perspectives. She emphasises the need for diversity in leadership to create a multicultural global world that taps into the talents of all different cultures, ethnic groups, and nationalities.
Juana also discusses the impact of women in leadership roles, noting that women CEOs can help the bottom line by bringing their people skills and relationship orientation with them. She suggests that leaders should think about the future and prepare for trends such as the increasing youthfulness, multiculturalism, globalisation, and digitisation of the world. Bordas explains that young people today value work-life balance, meaning and purpose in their careers and want to connect with others, including getting to know their stories and narratives. She argues that intergenerational and intercultural leadership is vital for enriching organisations and enhancing humanity.
Juana Bordas is a renowned thought leader and pioneer in leadership, diversity, and organisational change. She is a celebrated author of award-winning books, including “Salsa, Soul, and Spirit: Leadership for a Multicultural Age” and “The Power of Latino Leadership, Second Edition, Revised and Updated: Culture, Inclusion, and Contribution.”
As an immigrant from Nicaragua, Dr Bordas embodies the resilience and determination of the immigrant spirit. She is recognised for her expertise in multicultural and inclusive leadership, which includes the contributions of Latinos and communities of colour. She has worked with various organisations, including Google, Microsoft, and Chevron, to prepare them for the multicultural age.
Dr Bordas also receives several awards and recognitions, such as the Lifetime Achievement Award from The International Leadership Association and being named one of 100 Top Latino Leaders in the U.S. by The National Diversity Council. Her upcoming book, “The Power of Latino Leadership,” explores how Latinos can be positioned to be leaders in this century through expanding demographics, intergenerational leadership, economic power, international connections, and workforce participation.