Identity leadership Going Global: Results from an International Validation Study of the Identity Leadership Inventory
Plymouth University Principal Investigator: Dr Lucas Monzani
The social identity approach to leadership has had increasing impact in recent years. Many studies have highlighted the effectiveness of prototypical leaders — for example, they are typically trusted more, secure more follower support and have greater leeway to make decisions. More recently, To identity prototypicality (or “being one of us“), three further dimensions of identity leadership have been identified (Haslam, Reicher & Platow, 2011): identity advancement (“doing it for us“), identity entrepreneurship (“crafting a sense of us“) and identity impressarioship (“making us matter“). All four dimensions have recently been operationalised with the Identity Leadership Inventory (ILI; Steffens et al., 2014).
This ongoing international project applies and validates the ILI scales by gathering data from all six continents and more than 20 countries with over 3800 participants. The ILI has been translated (using back-translation methods) and used in online surveys along with other measures of leadership (LMX, transformational and authentic leadership) and employee attitudes and (self-reported) behaviors (e.g., satisfaction, identification, citizenship behaviors) in 15 different languages.
Preliminary findings of ILI-Global confirm the validity of the ILI across cultures. The four dimensions of the ILI are distinguishable and that they contribute to the prediction of work-related attitudes and behaviors above and beyond other influential leadership constructs.