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Applying the Integrated Capacious Model of Leadership Identities Construction as an Assessment Tool and Program Design Template Group Discussion

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When: Wednesday, 24 October | 09:00 - 12:00 | HALF DAY
Where: Palm Beach County Convention Center - 2A
Ticket Price: ILA members - $45 | non-members - $60
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This workshop guides participants to interact with the Integrated Capacious Model of Leadership Identities Construction in two practical ways: (1) as a self-assessment snapshot of their own leadership development journey, and (2) as a design template for leadership identities development programs. The Integrated Capacious Model is an interdisciplinary, multi-level examination of leadership identities across space, time, and people, rather than as a single heroic leader, instance, or identity. The model's Systems (Individual System, Microsystem, Mesosystem, Exosystem, Macrosystem, and Chronosystem) locate leader identity in time and space, while its Influences (Purpose/Calling, Self-Identity, Social Identity, and Relationships) pinpoint key factors affecting leader identities. The model connects its Systems and Influences with prominent leader identity theories (Narrative Identity, Identity Theory, Social Identity Theory, and Social Constructionism). The workshop is designed for scholars, educators, and practitioners from any culture, discipline, sector, or organization who seek to broaden their understanding of leadership identities and gain a tool for diagnosing and developing their own and others' leadership identities construction process. The workshop goals will be met by presenting an overview of the model, guiding participants through a step-by-step activity to analyze their personal leadership identity experience, and offering a template for designing leader identities development programs.

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  Who Should Attend?

This workshop is designed for scholars, educators, and practitioners from any culture, discipline, sector, or organization who seek to broaden their understanding of leadership identities and gain a tool for diagnosing and developing the construction of their own and others' leadership identities.

What Will Attendees Gain?

Attendees will take away:

  • Understanding of leadership identity and the Integrated Capacious Model within the context of research and theory
  • Application of the Integrated Capacious Model as a self-assessment diagnostic with the Systems, Influences, and extant theories
  • Utilization of the Integrated Capacious Model to create or refine leadership identity development programs

Track: Leadership Scholarship

Workshop Leaders & Presenters

Chrys Egan S. Lynn Shollen Contance Campbell Brionne G. Neilson
Chrys Egan
Salisbury University
S. Lynn Shollen
Christopher Newport University
Constance Campbell
Georgia Southern University
Brionne G. Neilson
Southern Utah University


Chrys Egan is a Communication Professor, Faculty Senate President, and Co-Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity at Salisbury University. Her publications address: family dynamics, diverse leadership and cultures, politics and civic engagement, research methods, public speaking, free speech, media studies, and new technologies. She is President of the Popular Culture Association in the South. She served as ILA WLAG Conference Co-chair and Communication Chair. She received SU Awards for: President's Diversity, Outstanding Faculty, Alumni Association Faculty Appreciation, and Outstanding Research Mentor. She has two wonderful sons.



S. Lynn Shollen is Associate Professor of Leadership Studies and Department Chair in the Department of Leadership and American Studies at Christopher Newport University. Her research interests include the faculty to administrator transition, identity and perceptions of leadership, leadership identities construction, and teaching about women and leadership. She chaired the ILA Women and Leadership Affinity Group in 2017, and continues to serve on the Executive Leadership Team. She recently co-led the Women and Leadership Transatlantic Dialogue in Brussels, Belgium. She serves on the advisory board for CNU's Center for Effective Teaching and on the Executive Committee of CNU's Faculty Senate.



Constance Campbell is the W. E. Carter Distinguished Chair in Business Leadership in the College of Business at Georgia Southern University, where she teaches MBA classes in Leadership and Organizational Behavior both face-to-face and online. Her research focuses on leader identity, women and leadership, and attributions.



Brionne G. Neilson is an assistant professor of Family Life and Human Development at Southern Utah University. Her primary areas of research address preschool children's executive function and academic skills and care environments. She also studies how childcare impacts women's lives and leadership. She has been recognized for several years of service to the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Outside of academia, she and her family enjoy exploring the many national parks near their home.



Sandra Marić, grew up and studied in Zagreb, Croatia. Before joining to the Coalition for Work with Psychodrama and Peace as Deputy Head of Mission for Southeast Europe in 2006, she worked extensively with children and young people in eastern Croatia. Sandra holds a Masters in Sociology from the University of Zagreb. Her role with the Coalition includes therapy, research, writing, and a wide variety of other Coalition tasks.