Nov 14, 2006

Leader Member Exchange

I had first heard about In-groups in the context of the Leader Member Exchange theory.

Charu describes a manifestation of such a process which she labels "Sutta-Bonding" :-)

Becoming a member of the Leader's in-group is a tricky political thing, and is a double edged sword. Often when leaders leave the new leader either marginalises the earlier in-group or replaces it with his or her own in-group.

The causes for formation of such an in-group might be visible (like people who like smoking together) or more ingrained in social biases (like a similar worldview). For being an effective leader it becomes imperative to constantly be inclusive and get view-points of people not in the in-group to get a diverse perspective.

How does your organization define diversity and inclusion?