Images of the familiar: Individual differences and implicit leadership theories.

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Implicit leadership theories specify the qualities and behaviors that individuals associate with the term "leader." This article examines individual differences in implicit leadership theories as a function of personality traits and perceived parental traits. Personality traits, such as agreeableness, conscientiousness, extroversion, openness, neuroticism, and self-monitoring, influence implicit leadership theories. Specifically, individuals characterize a leader similar to self as ideal. Parallel results are presented for parental traits and implicit leadership theories whereby idealized leadership images mirror descriptions of parental traits. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

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