We have discussed how social identity categories matter, and in some ways, are just like a culture in terms of how we see things and how others see us. The example in the text is â€œyou are one of those leaders whose identity always seems to be reduced to a demographic categoryâ€¦however well intentioned.â€
You will apply Fairhurstâ€™s general idea here to your own life. Think about how, given your prior analysis of your social identity, you are likely to have a similar identity dilemma (e.g., â€œWe need more women in leadership and you came to mind,â€ or â€œWe really want to have an openly gay man in leadership,â€ etc.) Write down your version of the framing problem, and then formulate a framing strategy using Fairhurstâ€™s framing advice.
I am a Mexican American male that is currently a college athlete. That would be the best way to describe myself in use for this exercise.
Here are the texts from the book that are referenced for this assignment:
You are one of those leaders whose identity always seems to be reduced to a demographic category (generally because you are a rarity), however well intentioned. For example, you are one of â€œ too few â€ female managers, African American leaders, and so on.
If you don â€™ t wish to make an issue of your difference, take a page from the playbook Barack Obama seems to have used when running for office.
Frame yourself as a leader â€œ who happens to be â€ female or â€œwho happens to be â€ black, or whatever. As such: Donâ€™t speak of your demographic identity unless others bring it up. Refrain from using familiar cultural Discourses associated with demographic issues. (Chapter Two )
If you do wish to make your demographic category an issue, frame your-self in those terms: Frequently categorize yourself in terms of your demographic identity in everyday conversation. (Chapter Four )
Draw from affirmative action cultural Discourses or others associated with equal or civil rights. (Chapter Two )