Influence of Personality Traits on Leadership Styles: A Secondary Level Study

15 Pages Posted: 2 May 2011

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Ijaz Ahmad Tatlah

University of Management & Technology (UMT)

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Date Written: April 30, 2011


Purpose – Teacher must act as a leader because his/her role is very effective in educational change. Influence of personality traits on leadership styles has been a significant topic in management but no research emphasis has been given to teacher’s personality influence on their leadership behaviors. This research investigates the correlation between these two aspects.

Design/methodology/approach – Quantitative research is done by means of survey to a convenient sample of 228 teachers of public elementary and high schools of Lahore.

Findings – The dominant traits are associated with both leadership styles thus showing that both people and task oriented leadership styles are effective.

Research limitations/implications – This research can be generalized to other areas.

Practical implications – The research emphasizes the importance of traits and their influence on behavior. Further researches should examine the traits which are needed for an effective leadership styles.

Originality/value – The major contribution of this paper is that it correlate personality traits with leadership styles and high light those traits which are associated with effective leadership styles i.e. people oriented so teachers become more aware to adopt those traits which produce effective behavior and change.

Keywords: personality, leadersip, styles, influence, school teachers

Suggested Citation

Tatlah, Ijaz Ahmad, Influence of Personality Traits on Leadership Styles: A Secondary Level Study (April 30, 2011). Available at SSRN: or

Ijaz Ahmad Tatlah (Contact Author)

University of Management & Technology (UMT) ( email )

Johar Town
Lahore, Punjab 54770

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