Personality and Leadership

Robert Hogan and Timothy Judge

in The Oxford Handbook of Leadership

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

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Personality and Leadership


This chapter investigates the connections between personality and leadership in order to clarify the leadership effectiveness. It is noted that the effect of personality is not always positive; that there is both a “bright side” and a “dark side” to personality. It is discussed that those specific aspects of both the bright side and the dark side have been shown to be most influential. The connections between personality and leadership can be assessed through the connections between the bright side and leadership; between the dark side of personality and leadership; and between personality and leadership using data based on implicit leadership theory. Data show that personality and effective leadership are associated, and the two key factors mediating the link are the leader's socio-political intelligence, and the degree to which the leader is seen as having integrity. Leaders make a difference (for good or ill) in firm performance.

Keywords: personality; leadership; dark side; bright side; implicit leadership theory; socio-political intelligence; integrity; firm performance

Article.  6670 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology

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