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?
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