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How to Be a Positive Leader by Gretchen M. Spreitzer, Jane E. Dutton

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5Cultivate Positive Identities

Laura Morgan Roberts

We spend a great deal of time doing “identity work” in organizations. As we introduce and explain ourselves during job interviews, meetings with clients, networking functions, public presentations, and team-building activities, we confront identity questions that are central to our work roles, relationships, and outcomes. Identity questions ask, Who am I? Who are we? How might our identities impact our capability to work together? Positive leadership involves shaping, building, and sustaining positive identities for organizational leaders, members, and the organization itself. Leaders are able to unleash resources through the way in which they construct who they are as leaders and also how they ...

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