Leadership identities: Whose construction?

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Questioning the assumption that identities can be controlled through a shared organisational culture, the article explores the inculcation of a discourse of diversity into leadership identities in a Danish bank and building society. Thus, it intends to demonstrate that, on the one hand, discourse plays a significant role in identity construction and, on the other, that leaders’ constructions may have many sources of inspiration within and outside the organisation, emphasising that identity construction is a complex process in which organisational efforts to promote a common leadership identity compete with shifting subject positions, notions of self and inspirations among leaders. To support this claim, a critical discourse analysis (cf. Fairclough 2003, 2012) is carried out of interviews with two middle managers, which involves close analysis of the language used by the respondents to construct their leadership identities. While the respondents present comparable identities to the interviewer, the analysis reveals that the they draw on different discourses and employ a number of different discursive means to present this identity. This, the article argues, may be the result of a number of influences emerging from the individual style of the respondent, the context of the interview and the discourses present both within and outside the organisation.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftText & Talk (Print Edition)
Vol/bind40
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)5-28
ISSN1860-7330
DOI
StatusUdgivet - jan. 2020

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