Title

Masculinity and Self Perception of Men Identified as Informal Leaders

Date of Degree

5-2008

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Program

Education

Advisor

Roger C. Barnes

Abstract

This research is a qualitative study of the commonalities among 10 men in their development of masculinity, self-perception, and experiences that propelled them into informal leadership roles. Current men's literature is vast and contradictory. This exploratory narrative study uses open ended interviews with 10 men selected as informal leaders in their church to look at the development of masculinity, self concept and informal leadership. These men range in age from 52-82 and come from both white collar and blue collar occupations. The study looks for common themes in the lives of these men in their development, leadership experience and self concept. Event though the men come from a variety of backgrounds there is similarity in their experiences. The themes are presented and discussed based on the literature review and the life experience of the men.

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