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A Review on the Development of Trait Theory of Leadership

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DOI: 10.23977/ICEIPI2020045


Qian Yue

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Qian Yue


This paper reviews about the development of trait theory of leadership. By qualitatively review of the studies in 20th century, this paper emphasizes the contribution of integrating five-factor model (FFM) into the trait theory. By carefully analyzing the studies done about FFM and leadership, this paper points out that the lack of consistency in conceptualization and methodology among the trait theory studies are the major problems that lead to the inconsistency result among different studies. Facing the situation that few research is done communication-specifically, the paper also proposed three direction that communication can contribute to the theoretical development in future.


Trait theory, leadership, communication

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