Investigating the Influence of Personality Traits and Leadership Styles

Maria Vargas


Research indicates that leadership and personalities specified in the Big Five Inventory have a strong correlation (Judge, Bono, Ilies, & Gerhardt, 2002). Although personality and leadership are heavily researched, specific personality traits and how they relate to leadership styles is limited. The purpose of this study is to determine the possible relationship between personality traits and leadership styles. Results did not show significance between the variables; however, interesting significant correlations were revealed that provided a greater understanding among the relationship among specific personality traits and individual leadership traits. Additional information on the implications of the results will be discussed further in the article.

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