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Rolf van Dick

Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

Short bio:

Rolf van Dick is Professor of Social Psychology at Goethe University Frankfurt (Germany) where he also served as Dean and Vice President. Prior to his current position he was Professor at Aston Business School, Birmingham (UK). Rolf van Dick is scientific director of the interdisciplinary Center for Leadership and Behavior in Organizations (CLBO). He has published/edited around 20 books and special issues, and over 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Applied Psychology, or the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Rolf was visiting professor at Universities in Tuscaloosa (USA), Rhodes (Greece), Shanghai and Bejing (China), Rovereto (Italy), Oslo (Norway), Hongkong, and in Kathmandu (Nepal) and he is/was editor of Frontiers in Organizational Psychology, the British Journal of Management, and the Journal of Personnel Psychology. His research is in the area of social identity processes and he applies social identity theory to topics such as leadership, mergers & acquisitions, health and stress, or diversity. Rolf is a Fellow of the International Association of Applied Psychology.

The new psychology of leadership: The Global Identity Leadership Development (GILD) project


This presentation will start with a short introduction into the New Psychology of Leadership (Haslam, Reicher & Platow, 2011, 2020) which defines leadership as a group process whereby a leader brings group members together to accomplish tasks that are relevant for group viability. I will then introduce an operational definition of identity leadership comprising four dimensions, namely (1) identity prototypicality, (2) identity advancement, (3) identity entrepreneurship, and (4) identity impresarioship. The center of this talk will be an overview of the Global Identity Leadership Development (GILD) project. In this project, now comprising a community of over 50 researchers from 30 countries, data have been collected in with cross-sectional self-report surveys in two phases in 2016/17 (7,682 participants from 26 countries) and in 2020/21(7,855 participants from 29 countries). I will present results that demonstrate the reliability and validity of the identity leadership inventory across cultures.

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