We always hear that people are the most critical success factor in any organisation, which leads us to the question of leaders. Most people these days realise the leader is not only the person at the very top of the pyramid. Corporations require leaders at all levels, even the lowest one.
Predicting who will be a successful leader can provoke considerable debate in a large organisation, particularly at the board level. Some companies subject potential candidates to in-depth scrutiny using well-established behavioural analysis tools.
One of the most widely used approaches involves the evaluation of the so-called Big 5 factors: Extraversion, Agreeableness, Openness to Experience, Conscientiousness and Emotional Stability. These in turn encompass a total of 10 personality traits that can help arrive at consistent predictions of who will be an effective leader. These traits are categorised as follows:
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