March 04, 2010

Characteristics of a Leader

Many researchers have identified different traits in a person. People have different personalities and behaviours, but we have to remember that a leader is still different from a non-leader, and the following table shows some of the characteristics that an effective leader posses

Stogdill (1948)

Intelligence

Alertness

Insight

Responsibility

Initiative

Persistence

Self-confidence

Sociability

Mann (1959)

Intelligence

Masculinity

Adjustment

Dominance

Extroversion

Conservatism

Stogdill (1974)

Achievement

Persistence

Insight

Initiative

Self-confidence

Responsibility

Cooperativeness

Tolerance

Influence

Sociability

Lord, Devader, and Alliger (1986)

Intelligence

Masculinity

Dominance

Kirkpatrick and Locke (1991)

Drive

Motivation

Integrity

Confidence

Cognitive ability

Task knowledge

Source: “Leadership, theory and practice”, by Northouse, 2007.

As we can see, some of them are repeated, that is because it is common to find these types of traits in a leader.


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