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The Context for Intergroup Leadership

Women’s Groups in Saudi Arabia

May Al-Dabbagh Dubai School of Government Harvard Kennedy School

INTERGROUP LEADERSHIP, an emerging area in leadership studies, can benefit from a more thorough understanding of the role of contextual factors in the intergroup dynamic. Although the leadership literature has given disproportionate attention to the role of the leader, and more recently to the role of the follower, less work has been conducted on the context of leadership.1 The social psychology literature has provided valuable lessons about the important role of context in intergroup relations and especially about the ways in which the self can be defined in terms of its membership in different groups.

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