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Exploring leader identity construction and gender: A bioecological approach
Keywords: Gender, leader identity, Bronfenbrenner, social construction
Abstract: This paper introduces Bronfenbrenner’s Bioecological Model of Human Development as a useful theoretical framework that explicitly recognizes the influence of complex hierarchical systems on leader identity construction at multiple levels. We provide a rationale and in-depth discussion to demonstrate how Bronfenbrenner’s model can provide an integrative framework through which the relationship between individual and contextual factors on leader identity construction can be explored, both theoretically and empirically. Support for the model is provided by drawing on the narrative analysis of an in-depth interview with an Indian woman in Higher Education in the UK as an illustrative exemplar.