Born to Lead? A Twin Design and Genetic Association Study of Leadership Role Occupancy.

  title={Born to Lead? A Twin Design and Genetic Association Study of Leadership Role Occupancy.},
  author={Jan�?Emmanuel De Neve and Slava Mikhaylov Jankin and Christopher T. Dawes and Nicholas A. Christakis and James H. Fowler},
  journal={The leadership quarterly},
  volume={24 1},
We address leadership emergence and the possibility that there is a partially innate predisposition to occupy a leadership role. Employing twin design methods on data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, we estimate the heritability of leadership role occupancy at 24%. Twin studies do not point to specific genes or neurological processes that might be involved. We therefore also conduct association analysis on the available genetic markers. The results show that leadership… Expand
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