LIRS Research Seminar on Leader Identity

Activity: Talk or presentation typesTalk or presentation (not at a conference)Academic


Our next speaker in the LIRS Seminar Series will be our colleague Lien Desmet at 13:00 on 9th of May. She will present the research: Leadership identity

Extensive research has been conducted in the past twenty years on the importance of leader identity for individuals both in and outside of leadership positions. Such research largely emphasizes the benefits of having or developing a leader identity, highlighting its positive effects on individuals’ leadership development, behavior, and performance. While research on the advantages of leadership identity is crucial, earlier studies largely overlook the possible drawbacks of having a leadership identity (both in and outside of leadership positions) and the disadvantages of lacking a leadership identity when leadership is expected (e.g., for those in leadership positions). Lien Desmet's research builds on prior insights and employs a social identity lens to investigate three research questions related to the outcomes of leader identity. These research questions focus on (1) individuals in a managerial position without a leader identity, (2) individuals in a managerial position with a salient leader identity, and (3) individuals with a salient leader identity who aspire to advance to a managerial position.

Lien Desmet is assistant professor in the Department of Organization at the Faculty of Management Sciences at the Open University. Her research focuses on leadership, (leader) identity, and behavior in organizations (proactivity and learning behaviors). She is currently completing her PhD at KU Leuven and Vlerick Business School, and will be defending her thesis on the topic of leader identity in June.

This seminar will in a hybrid format (room MK0.87 and online via the following link and via the link in your calendar: LIRS seminar)
Period9 May 2023
Held atRS-Research Program Learning and Innovation in Resilient systems (LIRS)