What are we measuring? Convergence of leadership with interpersonal and non-interpersonal personality.

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    Abstract

    Since leadership styles have been most commonly defined in terms of interpersonal influence, one would assume that they have their main projections on the interpersonal circumplex. In this study, the relations between leadership styles from the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire and Leader Behaviour Description Questionnaire and both interpersonal and HEXACO personality scales are investigated. As expected, charismatic leadership and leader's consideration have strong projections on the interpersonal circumplex, with main projections on the warm-agreeable octant. Transactional leadership, passive leadership, and task-oriented leadership have considerably weaker or no projections on the circumplex. Leader's consideration is most strongly related to interpersonal personality while both transactional and passive leadership are most strongly related to non-interpersonal personality. It is concluded that especially charismatic leadership and leader's consideration are captured almost fully by the HEXACO personality inventory. Copyright © 2008 SAGE Publications.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)403-417
    Number of pages114
    JournalLeadership
    Volume4
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

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