This article asserts that personality traits such as extraversion, emotional stability, and conscientiousness may be positively related to leadership—but the relationships are complex.


This article by Ronald E. Riggio, writing for Psychology Today, makes the following points:
  • The negative relationship between neuroticism and effective leadership makes sense because a good leader needs to be emotionally stable.
  • Conscientiousness may help in leadership because these types of leaders are thorough in their analysis of situations. However, these leaders may also spend too much time analysing.
  • Extraverts often made good leaders provided they were also good at tactful communication. However, introverts who possessed good social skills were just as likely to be effective leaders, suggesting communication skills were the key to effective leadership.


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