Subject Area

Counseling, Education, Social Work


The focus of this study was the relationship between leaders and their team members and how Deaf identity can predict the quality of that relationship. Employment and personal identity are often linked, and this is true of Deaf identity. This study explores how Deaf identity impacts leader-member exchanges and seeks to identify components of Deaf identity that promote better workplace experiences. The results of a Pearson r correlation analysis supported a significant positive correlation between the Deaf Acculturation Scale score and the Leader-Member Exchange 7 questionnaire score. A linear regression analysis indicated that Deaf identity was a significant predictor of the leader-member relationship and accounted for the variance in the leader-member relationship. Of the predictors investigated, cultural involvement, cultural preferences, cultural knowledge, and language competence were significant.