Who shall lead? An integrative personality approach to the study of the antecedents of status in informal social organizations

P. D. Harms, Brent W. Roberts, Dustin Wood

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Abstract

The effects of personality traits, motives, and leadership identity claims on the attainment of status in informal, social organizations were assessed in several organizations using multiple indices of status. The power motive Hope for Power was predictive of holding executive offices. Extraversion and Conscientiousness predicted peer-ratings of social influence. Extraversion, Emotional Stability, and Dominance were related to subjective beliefs of personal power and influence. Seeing oneself as a leader mediated the effects of personality traits and motives on subjective sense of power and attaining social influence, but not achieving formal office. Together, these findings offer an integrated look at the unique relationships between personality and status attainment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)689-699
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2007

Keywords

  • Leadership
  • Personality
  • Power
  • Status

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology(all)

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