Leadership and Personality: How who we are affects how we want to be led

Open Access
Author:
Tucker, Jessica A
Area of Honors:
Sociology
Degree:
Bachelor of Arts
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Laurie Katherine Scheuble, Thesis Supervisor
  • Lori Ann Bedell, Honors Advisor
  • Stacy Silver, Honors Advisor
Keywords:
  • Transformational
  • Transactional
  • Leadership
  • College Students
Abstract:
This research examines predictors of leadership preferences. Data were gathered from a convenience sample of students at a large northeastern university (N=402) during the fall of 2012. The findings from the study suggested that there is a strong general preference for transformational leadership as compared to transactional leadership. Predictors of leadership preference include gender of respondents, openness to new experience, agreeableness, neuroticism, public speaking skills, and introversion-extroversion.