Juana Bordas

Juana Bordas is a motivational speaker, author, and community activist with a passion for Hispanic and multicultural leadership, women, and civil rights. 

Born or Made?

“All I knew was I was going to graduate. I don’t know if that’s leadership, per se, or whether my position in my family, being an immigrant, which is already can do, I’ve got to do it, risk-taking, new place, walking into a school when I was six and not knowing the language. So, all those things were like a preparation for leadership, but I still had to say yes. Then making a decision to join the Peace Corps when I finished college, I wanted to reintegrate my culture to learn my language because I was illiterate in my own language. I said yes to those things. I think that people have leadership qualities and may even be born with them, but you have to decide at a certain point what kind of leader am I going to be, what am I going to do with my life?”

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Leaders Are Readers

  • “Yes, I think, in all honesty, leaders should read. I did a voracious amount of reading when I first got into leadership.”

Books I Recommend

  • The Change Masters
    —by Rosabeth Moss Kanter
  • The Servant as Leader
    —by Robert Greenleaf

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