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ERIC Number: EJ1168959
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jan
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1552-9045
Leadership Role Identity Construction in Women's Leadership Development Programs
Brue, Krystal L.; Brue, Shawn A.
Journal of Leadership Education, v17 n1 p7-27 Jan 2018
This article analyzes women's only leadership development training to determine how leadership roles are conceptualized and implemented, how women independently and collectively construct new leadership role identities, and how leadership identities are retained post training. Themes of nested validation, accepting the belonging narrative, identity emergence, leadership as multiverse, and reflective/reflexive leadership development were discovered. Leadership validation was needed by participants to own their new leadership identity. Through accepting a new narrative, participants confirmed that they belonged in their new leadership role. Identity work occurred on personal and social levels, allowing participants to assume a strengths-based approach to leadership development. Women's only leadership programs, which acknowledge new leadership narratives and identities, allowed emergent leaders an improved opportunity to assume and retain their new role.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma
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