Identities and ideals: Psychoanalytic dialogues of self and leadership

Abstract : The author contextualizes recent developments in socio-cognitive approaches to leadership by drawing on psychoanalytic conceptions of self-identity. It is argued that psychoanalytic views of the self are complementary to contemporary social-cognitive approaches, although historical divergences in these literatures have impeded mutual dialogue. This initiative at dialogue examines charismatic, schema, and self- identity theories of leadership within a psychoanalytic framework, arguing that when self-identity is viewed broadly, convergences between these approaches become apparent. A broad view of the self makes notions of authority central to the construction of personal identities, underscores the ambivalence and relationality of self-processes, and highlights the normative assumptions underlying followership that may be difficult to theorize with contemporary socio-cognitive approaches.
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Gazi Islam. Identities and ideals: Psychoanalytic dialogues of self and leadership. Leadership, SAGE Publications, 2014, 10 (3), pp.344-360. ⟨10.1177/1742715013498404⟩. ⟨hal-00963539⟩

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