TAKING ACTION

What can leaders do to develop a greater sense of their social identities? The approach largely depends on whether the social groups with which they are identified are nondominant or dominant groups.

For those who are members of nondominant groups, there are books, networking groups, and leadership development programs that can help them develop a sense of how others react to membership in particular social categories. Networking groups composed of women or people of a particular race or ethnicity can provide a safe setting for sharing experiences related to social identity. There are also leadership development programs devoted to specific identity groups. Through discussions about how people react and respond to leaders who are ...

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