When we think about instances of great leadership, it is hard not to think about that individual charismatic leader who has inspired us to action. Such an individual-centric conceptualization of leadership is common to both lay and scientific thought on the topic, with most leadership research traditionally examining the interactions between individuals in leader and follower roles. In reality, however, the pace and technological complexity of the modern work environment… Read Article →
Last week, I wrote about the five-factor theory of personality, arguably the closest thing to consensus that has been achieved in personality research. To briefly reiterate my previous comments, the five-factor theory emerged from decades of research under two independent research traditions, which continued to converge on the same set of conclusions. Specifically, these studies continued to find that at its core, personality can be explained by five unique, independent… Read Article →
The concept of a personality trait is one that is immediately accessible – we all have an extraverted friend, or neurotic colleague. As I’ve talked about previously, the English language is full of words describing personality, and we employ these every day in our discourse whether we know it or not.