The purpose of this bounded-system case study is to examine how International Baccalaureate Diploma candidates in a social justice organization acquire and apply a leadership identity. All students in the study held a distinct leadership position in a secondary leadership organization. This study focuses on six, purposefully-selected ethnically diverse students who currently attend universities in four different countries. The diverse demographic of this study enabled the researcher to conduct individual interviews based on a common, yet varied experience. This investigation provided rich, qualitative data on how students develop leadership identities within the context of a social justice leadership organization. A scholarly examination of the comprehensive effect of their leadership experience and how the process of self-identification as leader occurs contributes to the wider body of leadership research.

Published in: World Congress on Education (WCE-2018)

  • Date of Conference: 15-18 July 2018
  • DOI: 10.2053/WCE.2018.0037
  • ISBN: 978-1-908320-91-9
  • Conference Location: Dublin, Ireland