Individual Differences in Leadership Emergence: Integrating Meta-Analytic Findings and Behavioral Genetics Estimates

13 Pages Posted: 17 Sep 2004

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Remus Ilies

Michigan State University - Department of Management

Megan Gerhardt

Miami University of Ohio - Richard T. Farmer School of Business Administration

Huy Le

Human Resource Research Organization (HumRRO)

Abstract

This paper investigates the extent to which differences in the likelihood of emerging as leaders are explained by genetic differences between individuals. Results indicated that approximately 17% of the variance in the latent construct of leadership emergence is explained by genetic effects that are mediated by intelligence and the Big Five personality traits. Because intelligence and the Big Five do not mediate all genetic influences on leadership emergence (other genetically-influenced personal characteristics, such as height and attractiveness, are likely to mediate genetic effects on leadership emergence), the heritability estimate obtained in this study represents a lower-bound estimate of the genetic influences on leadership emergence.

Suggested Citation

Ilies, Remus and Gerhardt, Megan and Le, Huy, Individual Differences in Leadership Emergence: Integrating Meta-Analytic Findings and Behavioral Genetics Estimates. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, Vol. 12, No. 3, pp. 207-219, September 2004, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=591362

Remus Ilies (Contact Author)

Michigan State University - Department of Management ( email )

North Business Complex
East Lansing, MI 48824-1122
United States

Megan Gerhardt

Miami University of Ohio - Richard T. Farmer School of Business Administration ( email )

Oxford, OH 45056
United States

Huy Le

Human Resource Research Organization (HumRRO)

Alexandria, VA
United States

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