Implicit Measure of Identity Level

Thank you for completing the word completion test. This was a new implicit measure of identity level of analysis. As discussed in last Thursday’s class, identities develop along 4 different dimensions: a) Strength (extent to which an individual identifies as a leader), b)  Integration (extent to which leader identity is integrated into a global self-concept), c) Level (Level of identity–individual, relational, collective), and d) Meaning. The measure that you just completed was an implicit measure of identity level (the third dimension mentioned above).

To score your responses, put an I if you provided the word under the individual column for each item and put a C if you provided the word under the collective column.

Original Item Individual Collective
1. _e Me We
2. _ _ _sonal Personal
3. S_ _ f Self
4. _ eam Team
5. Gr_ _ _ Group
6. _ ine Mine
7. _ _ _ _ _ dent Dependent
8. _ _ nch Bunch
9. Ma_ _ Many, Mate
10. L _ ne Lone
11. _ _ _ gle Single
12. Uni _ _ _ Unique United, Unison
13. _ _ _ lity Ability
14. O_ _ One, own Our
15. _ ame Same
16. _ _ _ _ _ _ ent Different Dependent
17. _ _ m _ on Common
18. Sec _ _ _ Secure
19. Comp _ _ _ Compete Company
20. Mem _ _ _ Member
21. Du _ _ Duel Duty, Duet
22. _ _ _ dit_ on Tradition
23. S _ _ _ l Skill
24. Sh _ _ e Share
25. C _ _ w Crew

Now count up the number of “I”s you have and divide that number by 13. Count up the number of “C”s you have and divide that number by 18. Report both percentages. To discover your general strength, subtract the percentage of “I”s from the percentage of “C”s (i.e., # of I’s – # of C’s). Negative numbers mean that your individual identity is stronger than your collective identity. Positive numbers mean that your collective identity is stronger than your individual identity.  Zero means that your identity is equal in terms of individual and collective identity. While technically, this is an example of general identity level, assume that your leader level identity would provide the same results. (We are currently creating an implicit leader level identity measure).

After you reported this information in your diary entry, also report the results of the strength measure that we answered at the beginning of class on last Thursday (Nov 7th). Discuss the meaning of these scores for your identity as a leader. What can you do to strengthen or increase the level of your leader identity?