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The subjugated authentic champions:: a study on the new leadership paradigm in corporate health promotion programs
Stockholm University.ORCID iD:
2010 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Instrumental leadership writings prescribe organization leaders as an absolute attributor to any positive organizational outcomes.  Organization leaders are increasingly subject to identity construction in organizational settings. However, there is a shortage of empirical scrutiny on how the sense of self is fabricated in the process of leading. Further, functional leadership depictions gloss over the embedded asymmetrical power in the leading and influencing processes, which conceals socio-psychological by-products. The present research makes attempts to address the aforementioned issues studying a new authentic leadership paradigm in workplace health promotion programs. Drawing on interactional perspective on the construction of individual identity (i.e. identity as “becoming” rather then “being”), this study examines the process in which organization leaders fabricate an effective leading identity in the promotion of good health. The research findings contribute to the understanding of identity construction in three ways: 1) organization leaders fabricate and embody an “authentic” self as an effective tool to construct “health” discourse in the process of leading healthy organizations; the infinite dialectic identity infusion between led and leading forms a continuous identity loop where the end of organizational persona and the private persona blends to a infinite striving of authenticity; 2) the health of the leaders and that of the other individuals emerge as a new organizational identity indicator which renders new possibilities for totality of managerial control; 3) the identity of being “authentic” and “healthy” enable leaders’ institutional role in legitimizing, amplifying some “anti-identifications” i.e. new health social categorizations under the name of “good health”.  


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Workplace health promotion programs, leadership, authenticity, identity
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-95819OAI: diva2:661689
EGOS-European Group for Organization Studies
Available from: 2013-11-04 Created: 2013-11-04 Last updated: 2013-11-04

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