Trait Theory

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Abstract3
Introduction4
Background6
Discovering Traits Theory7
Three Levels of Allport’s Theory7
Traits Theory in Today’s Business World9
The Big Five Personality Dimensions9
Conclusion………………………………………………………………………………...11
References……………………………………………………………………….................13
Certification Statement…………………………………………………………………....14

Abstract
The purpose of this research paper is to identify how trait theory defines human personalities and dispositions, as well as its contribution to the development of leaders. In defining trait theory it will be discussed howthere are different traits among humans, and how it affects the development of a leader.The measurement of habitual patterns of human behavior, thought, and emotion is considered to be a primary interest among theorists, and its importance will be acknowledged. As many traits exist among humans, it will be discussed as to how traits differ between individuals, and how the combination and interaction of various traits forms a personality that is unique to each individual. Given the uniqueness of human personality, the much focus will be in identifying and measuring individual personality characteristics in cooperation with the trait theory.

Traits Theory and Leadership
Introduction
Have you ever wondered how people perceive you based on your human behaviors? The possession of traits continues to be an important aspect in the study of humans and their behaviors. It is commonly known as a theory of traitsthat partakes in the discovery, and identificationof human behaviors and dispositions. More importantly it seeks to identify how personality deals with a wide range of human behavior, and can include virtually everything about a person (Ewen, 2003, p.4). In essence, a lot can be learned about a person by focusing on their human behavior. It is possible to gain an understanding of a person’s mental, emotional, social and physical well-being with observation.

In learning about human behavior one can begin to understand the underlying cause of human actions. In some cases human actions can be predicted based on the personality traits of a person. For example, if a person spends their adolescent years lacking confidence in themselves, it will most likely continue into adulthood, therefore making that person more predictable. The information that will be provided is meant to help rationalize the key traits that exist among many people, evaluate, and make predictions based on personality traits. With evaluation and reasoning it is possible to discover people who hold traits useful in a becoming a leader.

Additionally, although the evaluation and measurement of human traits brings possibility to discovering and producing successful leaders, there are a nearly unlimited number of potential traits that could be used to describe a leader’s personality. Provided research will help to shed light on the different kinds of personality traits that exist, and how it can differ among individuals.As many traits exist among humans, it will be discussed as to how traits differ between individuals, and how the combination and interaction of various traits forms a personality that is unique to each individual.

When it comes to trait theory of leadership, early researchers expressed how people were born with inherited traits. It was believed that some traits exist within a person from birth making that person particularly suited for leadership (Warrilow, 2011, para. 2). Considering the assertion that leaders are born a background of the trait theory of leadership will be given to either approve or disapprove the theory. The trait theory of leadership is found useful, and coincides with the trait theory in general. In combination, the theories achieve understanding human behaviorsthrough theobservation of human personalities and dispositions.

Continually, the purpose in researching trait theory isto identify how it defines human...
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