Davis Publishes Article on Leader Identity


Dr. John Davis, Associate Professor of Management, has published  a new article entitled Falling From a Calling: Entitlement and the Social (De)Construction of Leader Identity. The article appeared in the Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship (20(4), 6-24) and was co-authored with Dr. John Humphreys and Dr. Stephanie Payne from Texas A&M University, Commerce. The introduction to the article reads as follows: 

 "Although research on the concept of calling has proliferated in recent years, scholars are just beginning to explore potential problematic outcomes associated with calling. Since calling can be an integral part of one's sense of identity, accepting the call to lead a personally profound mission may also include an unwarranted sense of entitlement. Regrettably, the extant research on entitlement is inconsistent and the concept has been undervalued in leader identity studies. While researching James Meredith's historic integration of the University of Mississippi, we discovered his belief that he had been called to the struggle for equality, eventually internalizing a leader identity consistent with his calling. Yet, we argue his entitlement beliefs ultimately undermined his leadership identity and inhibited his ability to effectively pursue that call. Accordingly, we use the case of Meredith to illustrate how over-entitlement could engender the social deconstruction of the leadership identity of a called leader."





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