Leadership Development as Identity Change: An Analysis of the Impact of a Deliberate Leadership Development Program

European Journal of Management, 14(3), 147-159

12 Pages Posted: 25 Jul 2014 Last revised: 18 Mar 2015

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Kevin J. Davis

U.S. Air Force Academy - Department of Management

David A. Levy

U.S. Air Force Academy - Department of Management

James E. Parco

Colorado College

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Date Written: July 21, 2014

Abstract

According to Ibarra et al., (2010) leadership development requires a re-creation of identity. For this article, we examined a leadership development program, searching for evidence that identity change had occurred. Specifically, we collected data at a military academy where leadership development was the focal point of the institution's mission. Using leadership behaviors and skills suggested by Yukl (2008), we were able to show how the perceived importance of these skills changed as students progressed through the program. We also found that the perceived importance of certain leadership skills depended on a student's "change readiness." Finally, we searched for evidence that women value relationship-oriented leadership skills more highly than men.

Keywords: leadership, identity, systems, leadership task-behaviros, leadership relationshp behaviros, leadership traits, change-oriented leadership, technical core, institutuional level, personality, authentic leadership

JEL Classification: L20, Z00

Suggested Citation

Davis, Kevin J. and Levy, David A. and Parco, Jim, Leadership Development as Identity Change: An Analysis of the Impact of a Deliberate Leadership Development Program (July 21, 2014). European Journal of Management, 14(3), 147-159. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2469568

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