Applying psychological model of personality to the study of leadership

O'Connor, Peter J. & Jackson, Chris (2010) Applying psychological model of personality to the study of leadership. Journal of Individual Differences, 31(4), pp. 185-197.

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Cloninger’s psychobiological model of temperament and character is a general model of personality that has been widely used in clinical psychology, but has seldom been applied in other domains. In this research we apply Cloninger’s model to the study of leadership. Our study comprised 81 participants who took part in a diverse range of small group tasks. Participants rotated through tasks and groups and rated each other on “emergent leadership.” As hypothesized, leader emergence tended to be consistent regardless of the specific tasks and groups. It was found that personality factors from Cloninger, Svrakic, and Przybeck’s (1993) model could explain trait-based variance in emergent leadership. Results also highlight the role of “cooperativeness” in the prediction of leadership emergence. Implications are discussed in terms of our theoretical understanding of trait-based leadership, and more generally in terms of the utility of Cloninger’s model in leadership research.

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ID Code: 38453
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Cloninger, TCI, Temperament, Leadership, Personality
DOI: 10.1027/1614-0001/a000027
ISSN: 1614-0001
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Behaviour (150311)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 11 Nov 2010 22:51
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2014 23:39

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