The Big Five Personality Theory Of Effective Leadership

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Leadership has always been a diligently studied subject; the art and science of being an effective leader is something that most people would like to successfully cultivate. However, reading every book on the subject does not guarantee successful leadership – it only assists in the understanding of how others flourished in their methods. A technique that worked in one situation may reap havoc on another – such as Spartacus taking over as the leader of the people in India instead of Ghandi. The key to leading is understanding the circumstances you are in and the kind of behavior that will secure covenantal followers. Furthermore, even if an individual was not born with specific personality traits that are advantageous to potential leaders, if…show more content…
386). Furthermore, research suggested that people who scored a high level of extraversion, conscientiousness, and openness to experience on the Big Five personality test have an advantage with regards to leadership effectiveness (Robbins, Judge, 2009, p. 386). However, according to the week 6 presentation, having certain personality traits does not mean you will be a great leader (Fischer, 2009). Instead, research shows that a high level of emotional intelligence is associated with effective leadership because the leader is able to show their ability to influence by caring about the people around them (Fischer, 2009). In an article by Business Perspectives & Research, a test was completed on the effects of emotional intelligence, in which these managers displayed, “superior performance to their lower EQ peers both in terms of contextual (teamwork and cohesiveness) performance and task performance (quality of job completed)” (Dabke, 2016). In my professional experience, the leaders who can show they truly care about their employees retain a higher level of loyalty and dedication with a positive attitude. This is also similar to a Bible story in John 13, where Jesus washes the feet of his disciples – his humility and servant attitude showed that he genuinely cared for his followers, which inspired a deeper covenantal relationship with him (ESV). ?This is quite
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