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The Process of Becoming a Leader: An Individual Identity Model
Rich Whitney and Livia M. D’Andrea
Authors of leadership literature agree that the recognition one possesses about their leadership qualities is key for becoming a leader. Without self-awareness of one’s leadership abilities, self-identity as a leader does not form (Bennis, 2003; Higher Education Research Institute; Komives, Lucas, & McMahon, 1998; Kouzes & Posner, 1995; Saunders, 2002; Van Knippenberg, Van Knippenberg, De Cremer & Hogg, 2004, Wheatley, 1996). How does a potential leader come to know the heart and courage of the leader within? Researchers seem to agree: becoming an effective leader is a process one emerges from rather than one arrived at, however, very little is known about what starts the process, what steps the process takes, and how leadership identity results from the process. The purpose of this paper is to summarize relevant leadership identity models and propose a new model describing how the leadership identity process might unfold.