The Attributes of Successful Leaders: A Performance Requirements Approach

Stephen J. Zaccaro, Kate LaPort and Irwin José

in The Oxford Handbook of Leadership

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780195398793
Published online December 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

The Attributes of Successful Leaders: A Performance Requirements Approach


This chapter explores the attributes of successful leaders from the perspective of a performance requirements approach, providing a broad overview of determined factors within the context of performance requirements of successful leaders. It describes three broad domains of leadership requirements: cognitive, social, and motivational. The survey of leader performance requirements summarizes the conceptual basis for an array of attributes, arranged in discrete sets, which are likely to differentiate successful from unsuccessful leaders. There has also been a recent increase in the number of multivariate studies of leadership that do draw from these different sets of prescribed leader attributes. It is noted that cognitive, social, self-motivational, and other sets of leader individual differences are linked with leadership outcomes. The research domain on the attributes of successful leaders can provide some rich insights to both leader researchers and practitioners.

Keywords: successful leaders; leader performance requirements; leadership requirements; unsuccessful leaders; multivariate studies; leader attributes

Article.  16376 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology

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