A social identity approach to leadership development; The 5R program

S. Alexander Haslam, Niklas K. Steffens, Kim Peters, Rosalie A. Boyce, Clifford J. Mallett, Katrien Fransen

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Social identity research shows that leadership is a process of group identity development but has not examined how leaders can manage group identities in the workplace. The 5R leadership development program addresses this issue. This takes leaders through a fivestage process of (1) Readying: explaining the importance of social identity processes for leadership; (2) Reflecting: identifying important workplace social identities; (3) Representing: clarifying goals and aspirations associated with different subgroup identities; (4) Realizing: identifying superordinate goals and developing strategies to achieve both them and subgroup goals; and (5) Reporting: assessing progress toward goals. Results of a longitudinal study indicate that 5R is a useful framework for leadership development that translates insights from social identity theorizing into structured intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-124
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Personnel Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • 5R
  • Groups
  • Leadership
  • Social identity
  • Training


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