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Effective leadership personality dimensions derived from a contextualized lexical research

Overbeek, Ira (2020) Effective leadership personality dimensions derived from a contextualized lexical research.

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Abstract:In personality research, there has been a growing interest in the personality of leaders. Prior personality research highlighted the importance of taking context into account when examining personality. Therefore, the aim of this study was to take the context of a leader into account to arrive at a contextualized personality model. The context of a leader was taken into account by the addition of the tag ‘as a leader’ in the survey (e.g., “How responsible are you as a leader?”). The final sample included 119 leaders from various sectors in the Netherlands. The participants completed an online self-rating survey, which contained 418 personality-descriptive adjectives. Through a principle component analysis, five contextualized personality dimensions were created and labelled as: destructive, intellect/competence, human orientated, proactive/powerful and instrumental. In addition, the predictive validity of the contextualized personality dimensions to assess effective leadership was examined. Intellect/competence, human orientated and proactive/powerful were identified as predictors of effective leadership. The importance of the contextualized approach for assessing leaders’ personality was endorsed by presenting different personality dimensions than the general personality models have. A major difference is that the contextualized personality model shows that leaders have facilitative, intellectual and proactive personality traits, which is not covered by the general models. Another major difference is the negative contextualized personality dimension, which was considered irrelevant in the general models. Therefore, this study contributes to personality research by presenting unique contextualized personality dimensions.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
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