Leadership as social identity management: introducing the Identity Leadership Inventory (ILI) to assess and validate a four-dimensional model

Steffens, Niklas K., Haslam, S. Alexander, Reicher, Stephen D., Platow, Michael J., Fransen, Katrien, Yang, Jie, Ryan, Michelle K., Jetten, Jolanda, Peters, Kim and Boen, Filip (2014) Leadership as social identity management: introducing the Identity Leadership Inventory (ILI) to assess and validate a four-dimensional model. The Leadership Quarterly, 25 5: 1001-1024. doi:10.1016/j.leaqua.2014.05.002


Author Steffens, Niklas K.
Haslam, S. Alexander
Reicher, Stephen D.
Platow, Michael J.
Fransen, Katrien
Yang, Jie
Ryan, Michelle K.
Jetten, Jolanda
Peters, Kim
Boen, Filip
Title Leadership as social identity management: introducing the Identity Leadership Inventory (ILI) to assess and validate a four-dimensional model
Journal name The Leadership Quarterly   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1048-9843
1873-3409
Publication date 2014-10
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.leaqua.2014.05.002
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 25
Issue 5
Start page 1001
End page 1024
Total pages 24
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Although nearly two decades of research have provided support for the social identity approach to leadership, most previous work has focused on leaders' identity prototypicality while neglecting the assessment of other equally important dimensions of social identity management. However, recent theoretical developments have argued that in order to mobilize and direct followers' energies, leaders need not only to ‘be one of us’ (identity prototypicality), but also to ‘do it for us’ (identity advancement), to ‘craft a sense of us’ (identity entrepreneurship), and to ‘embed a sense of us’ (identity impresarioship). In the present research we develop and validate an Identity Leadership Inventory (ILI) that assesses these dimensions in different contexts and with diverse samples from the US, China, and Belgium. Study 1 demonstrates that the scale has content validity such that the items meaningfully differentiate between the four dimensions. Studies 2, 3, and 4 provide evidence for the scale's construct validity (distinguishing between dimensions), discriminant validity (distinguishing identity leadership from authentic leadership, leaders' charisma, and perceived leader quality), and criterion validity (relating the ILI to key leadership outcomes). We conclude that by assessing multiple facets of leaders' social identity management the ILI has significant utility for both theory and practice.
Keyword Leadership
Social Identity
Self-categorization
Scale development
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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