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

14 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2016

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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: June 16, 2016

Abstract

According to Ibarra, et al (2010) leadership development requires 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.

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 (June 16, 2016). Journal of Character & Leadership Integration, Winter 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2822036

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