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An Examination of Personality Traits Among Student Leaders and Nonleaders
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by Robert J. Cramer and Taylor R. Jantz-Sell - Loyola College
Categories: Personality | Social
Previous research has shown a relation between leadership and characteristics such as extroversion, conscientiousness, and agreeableness in many populations. This study attempted to extend these findings to a general college population. Ninety-nine undergraduates (36 leaders and 63 nonleaders) participated in this study. Previous research suggested leaders would exhibit higher levels of extroversion, agreeableness, and conscientiousness than peer nonleaders. Results did not show significant relations between leadership and either extroversion or agreeableness. However, leaders scored higher on a measure of conscientiousness than nonleaders. Conscientiousness appears to distinguish student leaders from nonleaders.