Organizational Identity Leadership

  • Alexandra RheinhardtEmail author
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The term “identity leadership” refers to the management of followers’ identities by their leader.

Leaders approach this process through many angles, with some attempting to manage all three levels of followers’ workplace identities (i.e., collective, relational, and personal) and others centering attention on but one or two of their followers’ levels of identity. This management is at times very deliberate and at other times appears to be subconscious.


There is substantial disparity in the academic literature regarding identity leadership, with many not even acknowledging this term. To date, this fragmented approach has addressed leaders influencing subsets of their (individual) followers’ self-concepts. As a result, a leader’s potential influence on the full leader/follower relationship has not simultaneously been examined. Pulling together these parts, identity leadership takes a broader approach, encompassing...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA