Are Leaders Simply Entrepreneurs of Identity?

Published: 28 March 2018

Reicher talks about leadership and crowds, introducing the concept of ‘leaders as entrepreneurs of identity’.

Effective leaders, be that in business, politics or charity, tap into the concept of social identity and demonstrate that they can represent and speak for clearly defined groups of people.

In the latest edition of Radio 4’s ‘The Life Scientific’, Professor Stephen Reicher talks about the psychology of crowds. The social psychologist dispels some of the myths about large social groupings – being part of a large, boisterous crowd usually improves wellbeing, even when it’s noisy and seemingly unhygienic to be in close proximity to so many people.

But, perhaps most interestingly, Reicher talks about leadership and crowds, introducing the concept of ‘leaders as entrepreneurs of identity’.

Lots of our actions and behaviours are determined by how we think about ourselves and the groups we belong to – our social identity. Effective leaders, be that in business, politics or charity, tap into the concept of social identity and demonstrate that they can represent and speak for clearly defined groups of people.

If you’re looking for a thought-provoking listen over the Easter weekend, you can listen to the full episode here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09v35t8.

Simon Maule
Director

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