In a leadership context, this sensemaking strategy describes a school leader’s sense of who they are, recognising their threats or enhancements in their school community. Loosening occurs when their ‘identity is threatened or diffused’ (Weick, 1995, p. 461), such as in the early stages of their leadership position or their position being downgraded without warning (p. 461).
There are numerous research studies regarding a school leader’s identity construction in preformative cultures. You are invited to make comments on those you have found appealing or pertinent to school leadership.
Weick, K. (1995). Sense-making in Organizations. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.