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date: 17 October 2019

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Leadership research has a long history from personality psychological and social psychological perspectives, but integrated treatment of these person–situation influences is scarce. Such an integrated approach is outlined here in a person-in-situation perspective that sees leadership effectiveness as a function of the interaction between leader personality and situation (task, follower, and context characteristics) and that integrates personality psychology and social psychology perspectives. The person-in-situation perspective is less developed than probably it should be, but indications are that it holds more promise for understanding of leadership effectiveness than more one-sided approaches. The chapter aims to capture what can be concluded on the basis of the evidence as well as an associated research agenda for further development of this perspective on the personality and social psychology of leadership interface.

Keywords: leadership, personality, trait activation, five-factor model, transformational leadership, charismatic leadership, social identity, social exchange

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