Journal article

The heritability of emergent leadership: Age and gender as moderating factors

Sankalp Chaturvedi, Michael J Zyphur, Richard D Arvey, Bruce J Avolio, Gerry Larsson

LEADERSHIP QUARTERLY | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2012

Abstract

In this study, we examined the moderating influences of gender and age with respect to testing the heritability of leadership emergence. A large data base of 12,112 twins from Sweden was used in the current study to decompose the variance of emergent leadership into an unobservable genetic component and environmental components that are either common or unshared among twin pairs. Consistent with prior leadership research on genetics, we found that a genetic factor is able to explain a significant proportion of the variation across individuals in predicting how twins perceive their emergent leadership behavior (about 44% for women and 37% for men). Furthermore, we also found that the magnitud..

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