Looking deeper into the trait-leadership relationship: Character mediates temperament in the prediction of leadership effectiveness

O'Connor, Peter J. (2010) Looking deeper into the trait-leadership relationship: Character mediates temperament in the prediction of leadership effectiveness. In 9th Australian Conference on Personality and Individual Differences (ACPID), 26-27 November 2010, Wollongong, N.S.W. (Unpublished)


The purpose of this research was to test a structural model of trait-based variance in leadership effectiveness. The model suggests that individual differences in leadership effectiveness are partially due to biologically based dimensions of personality, partially due to cognitively based dimensions of personality and partially due to the moderated effects biological dimensions have on cognitive dimensions. The proposed model was tested using a large sample of workers from several organisations in Australia. Results were consistent with the suggestion that biologically based dimensions of personality are both distal predictors and proximal moderators of leadership effectiveness. Cognitive dimensions were found to be proximal predictors (mediators) of Leadership Effectiveness. The importance of modelling trait based variance is discussed, and specific examples are given to demonstrate why modelling such variance (i.e. focussing on conditional, indirect and conditional indirect effects rather than just direct effects) is theoretically and practically worthwhile.

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ID Code: 99945
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Leadership, Personality, Character, Temperament, Mediation
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: 2010 The Author
Deposited On: 13 Oct 2016 01:39
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 01:39

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