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What you won’t find here is fun food and cute critter leadership. No chasing cheddar necessary, the leadership essentials will be right here. Yes, those visual metaphors are memorable. However, after fish, cheese, and buffalo follow in succession, employees just see them as the “flavor of the month.” So let’s get down to business.

Leadership Personality Traits that Help the Bottom Line

While businesses tend to use four factor personality instruments such as Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, DiSC,Birkman and others, brain science more strongly supports five factor personality models. The five factors most commonly used in leadership research are:

Conscientiousness

  • Dependability, responsibility, perseverance, achievement, prudence, task focus
  • Conscientiousness is positively correlated with leadership effectiveness, including adhering to laws and ethical behavior, work ethic and persistence in pursuing goals
Emotional Instability or sometimes Neuroticism
  • Both unfortunate label choices as it forces speaking in the negative, such as “Neuroticism is negatively correlated with leadership effectiveness.”
  • Research confirms the obvious; the most successful leaders are emotionally stable.
Agreeableness
  • Personal warmth, a preference for cooperation over competition, trust, acceptance of others
  • This trait also correlated with leadership effectiveness but only in certain situations, such as relationship building and developing relationships with staff. This trait can be a hindrance in situations requiring assertiveness. A balance between agreeableness and assertiveness is ideal.
Extraversion
  • Sociability, gregariousness and talkativeness, assertiveness and dominance
  • Extraversion is positively correlated with leadership effectiveness. The mechanism though which it produces effectiveness is that extraverts develop a greater quantity of relationships which can be drawn on as resources.
Openness
  • Open to new experiences, value intellectual matters, interested in unusual thought processes, seen as thoughtful and creative.
  • Openness is correlated to effective leadership. Leadership openness keeps the door open to new products, new processes, new problems solving capabilities based on sound thinking

Expanded information, case studies, business applications and missed opportunities from the real world that you can use to further leadership development in your organization, is in our quarterly journal Leaders’ Work. For a sample issue, click here