Leadership: do traits matter?

  title={Leadership: do traits matter?},
  author={Shelley A. Kirkpatick and Edwin A. Locke},
  journal={The Executive},
Executive Overview The study of leader traits has a long and controversial history. While research shows that the possession of certain traits alone does not guarantee leadership success, there is evidence that effective leaders are different from other people in certain key respects. Key leader traits include: drive (a broad term which includes achievements, motivation, ambition, energy, tenacity, and initiative); leadership motivation (the desire to lead but not to seek power as an end in… 
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