Now researchers Moustaka and Bushnell at the University of Glasgow have assessed late primary and young secondary school children carrying out various tasks including building a tower.
They found that extraversion, one of the Big 5 personality factors, had the best correlation with leadership but they believed effective attachment was important as well.
There were also aspects of narcissistic performance in the team tasks eg “I am very good at making other people believe what I want them to believe“. This supports the view that people born since 1982 are more narcissistic than previous generations.
Typically research into effective leaders identifies personality traits such as extraversion, conscientiousness, and low levels of neuroticism i.e. stability, as being important.
There is also evidence that a percentage of leaders display “dark side ” behaviours including narcissism.
Source: The Psychologist Vol 25 No 3 March 2012 & others