Finding Yourself: How Social Identity Affects Leadership

by Marian N. Ruderman and Christopher Ernst

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In today's increasingly volatile and complex organizational environment, it's as important as ever for leaders to understand themselves. But it's no longer enough for them to be aware of their capabilities, motivations, styles, and values. Leaders now must also gain knowledge of their social identities—their membership in certain social groups defined by categories such as gender, race, and religion and the implications of belonging to these groups.

Some three thousand years after they were inscribed, the words carved into the lintel of the ...

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