Chapter 6

Leadership and Personality

Abstract

By leader emergence, I simply mean how either (1) a particular person becomes a leader or (2) how a group chooses a leader. In many ways, this involves having attributes that the group in question sees as characteristic of being a leader. Power motives and dominance are associated with the desire to become a leader. Further, those motivated to be leaders need high activity inhibition, or in other words, to not be impulsive. And finally, they generally should not be too high in affiliation motives, because leaders often need to maintain distance from their subordinates so that they can objectively evaluate them, assign unpleasant tasks, and give negative feedback.

Keywords

Personality; leadership; character; ...

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