Background Note | HBS Case Collection | November 2008 (Revised September 2014)

Differences at Work: The Leadership Challenge

by Sandra J. Sucher


This note reviews research findings on the leadership challenges of diversity, including the social psychology of similarity and difference, the value of multiple perspectives to problem-solving, the relationship between diversity and firm performance, and management paradigms for diversity.

Keywords: Prejudice and Bias; Leadership; Behavior; Ethics; Organizational Culture; Diversity;


Sucher, Sandra J. "Differences at Work: The Leadership Challenge." Harvard Business School Background Note 609-056, November 2008. (Revised September 2014.)