Title

Cognitive Social Learning Variables and the Characteristics of Leaders

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

1-1-1986

Abstract

This study explored the potential of a person × situation approach to identifying the characteristics of leaders in a voluntary community organization. A set of variables based on Mischel's “cognitive social learning variables” was operationalized to provide variables which assess the characteristics of individuals in relation to the specific context in which some emerge as leaders. This set of variables was compared with a larger set of traditional demographic and personality variables. Analyses indicated the approximate statistical comparability of the two sets. Advantages of the cognitive social learning approach for understanding and intervening in leader emergence and development in voluntary community organizations are discussed. Copyright © 1986, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved

Publication Title

Journal of Applied Social Psychology

Volume

16

Issue

9

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