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Chapter from: "Crossing the Divide: Intergroup Leadership in a World of Difference"
Published by: Harvard Business Publishing
Published in: 2009

Abstract

Although effective leadership is important, it is contingent on the features and qualities that define groups themselves, features and qualities that are equally important determinants of group efficacy and success. In this chapter, the authors approach the formulation of an effective leadership strategy in pluralistic intergroup contexts by analyzing the larger structure linking diverse groups as well as the dynamics between the people belonging to these groups and the leaders who want to build coalitions across group divides. They describe how fair procedures on the part of leaders foster overarching social identities and motivate intergroup cooperation without infringing on important subgroup ties. This chapter is excerpted from ‘Crossing the Divide: Intergroup Leadership in a World of Difference'.

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Abstract

Although effective leadership is important, it is contingent on the features and qualities that define groups themselves, features and qualities that are equally important determinants of group efficacy and success. In this chapter, the authors approach the formulation of an effective leadership strategy in pluralistic intergroup contexts by analyzing the larger structure linking diverse groups as well as the dynamics between the people belonging to these groups and the leaders who want to build coalitions across group divides. They describe how fair procedures on the part of leaders foster overarching social identities and motivate intergroup cooperation without infringing on important subgroup ties. This chapter is excerpted from ‘Crossing the Divide: Intergroup Leadership in a World of Difference'.

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