Very little is known about leadership at an individual level in the scholarship of leadership and social change. In this study using institutional ethnography as a research method, graduate students in an Organizational Development and Leadership program at a mid-Atlantic university are surveyed. Qualitative data analyses reveal that majority of the respondents believe that leadership has a micro perspective and can be practiced at individual level. Any attempt or idea that makes positive differences at an individual level (and not necessarily at the group level) can also be regarded as an effective leadership. Future research should further explore this definition of leadership in enhancing the well-being of individuals.

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