Leadership and Individual Difference

This is an effort to summarize the findings of recent research on individual differences in leadership. It has been widely believed that leadership can be considered an individual quality which can vary to a great of degree fron person to person. Examining individual difference in leadership has important implications for both leadership selection and leadership development. 

What is leadership? When is leadership needed? Who need leadership and who have leadership?

What is leadership? Leadership is a kind of psychological qualities that allow individuals to be effective leaders. While leadership is usually required and observed in organizational settings, ultimately, it generally exits at individual level. This is aligned with most popular leadership theories (e.g., trait theory) and practices (e.g., leadership selection and development).

When is leadership needed? This question apparently suggests that leadership is not always needed. Leadership is only needed when people look for directions...


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