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Kim-Yin Chan & Jeffrey C. Kennedy

In: The SAGE Handbook of Personality and Individual Differences: Volume III: Applications of Personality and Individual Differences

Chapter 21: The Expanded Criterion Space for Individual Differences and Leadership

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The Expanded Criterion Space for Individual Differences and Leadership
The Expanded Criterion Space for Individual Differences and Leadership
Kim-Yin Chan Jeffrey C. Kennedy

The study of individual differences and leadership began with what is now called the leader trait perspective, which is today regarded as ‘perhaps the most venerable intellectual tradition in leadership research’ (Judge et al., 2009: 855). Indeed, interest in the study of traits and leadership goes back to ancient history. Bass (1990) in his Handbook of Leadership observed that writings about leader qualities could be found in early Egyptian, Babylonian, Asian, and Icelandic legends. Referring to the writings of Lao Tzu, Homer, Plato, Aristotle, and Niccolò Machiavelli, Zaccaro et al. (2004: 102) remarked: ...

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