Questioning your identity provides for growth. If you are co-identified with whiteness, money, and sexual conquest, then your identity is shattered when these are undercut. When whiteness is revealed to be a cardhouse built on shifting ground, when the economy rumbles and tanks, when folks are sexually rejected, then that old humiliation rises up and the only way to compensate for humiliation and lack of solid identity is to burrow deeper into unstable ground. In leadership theory, the process of change is kind of like a swamp. You move forward through the swamp with difficulty. But those folks who can’t take the identity challenge, run back to the stable ground that they just left. There, they are left behind and they are replaced.