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The Leadership Quarterly 23 (2012) 670–685

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Assessing the trait theory of leadership using self and observer ratings of personality: The mediating role of contributions to group success☆
Amy E. Colbert a,⁎, Timothy A. Judge b, 1, Daejeong Choi a, 2, Gang Wang c, 3
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Henry B. Tippie College of Business, University of Iowa, 108 Pappajohn Business Building, Iowa City, IA 52242, USA Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA College of Business and Economics, University of Idaho, PO Box 443161, Moscow, ID 83844-3161, USA

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The trait theory of leadership suggests that personality traits influence leader emergence and effectiveness. While initial empirical evidence supports this perspective, the majority of studies have examined the relationship between personality and leadership using self ratings of personality. We believe that this research may underestimate the relationship between personality and leadership. We propose that personality assessed using both self and observer ratings explains more variance in leadership...

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