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Webinar: Gretchen Rubin’s Four Tendencies: A Framework for Better Living

In this webinar, Gretchen discusses how using the “Four Tendencies” framework can help us understand how to manage ourselves better – and how to help other people to manage themselves better....

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Purpose in life in emerging adulthood: Development and validation of a new brief measure

Accruing evidence points to the value of studying purpose in life across adolescence and emerging adulthood. Research though is needed to understand the unique role of purpose in life in predicting well-being and developmentally relevant outcomes during emerging adulthood....

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The glass is half full and half empty: A population-representative twin study testing if optimism and pessimism are distinct systems

Optimism and pessimism are associated with important outcomes including health and depression. Yet it is unclear if these apparent polar opposites form a single dimension or reflect two distinct systems. The extent to which personality accounts for differences in optimism/pessimism is also controversial....

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Transformational leadership sub-dimensions and their link to leaders' personality and performance

The multi-dimensionality of the transformational leadership construct has been under debate in the last decades....

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Adding dynamics to a static theory: How leader traits evolve and how they are expressed

Leader's traits evolve over time and are expressed differently under different situations. To capture both the evolution and expression of leader traits, we propose a dynamic model. We argue that the evolution of traits consists of changes in intensity and nature....

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Better not look too nice? Employees' preferences towards (un)likeable managers

Recent research shows that all else equal most people prefer likeable colleagues. In this article two experiments are employed to analyze preferences with respect to (un)likeable...

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The face says it all: CEOs gender and predicting corporate performance

This study examined relationships among CEOs' facial appearance gender-linked traits and the financial performance of their company as indicated by Fortune 1000 rank and company profits. Naïve college students rated traits based solely on the facial appearance of male and female CEOs whose companies were matched by Fortune 1000 rank....

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Leaders perceived as distant and close. Some implications for psychological theory on leadership

This paper deals with some principles derived from the concept of psychological distance which are relevant to the differential view of distant and close leaders as perceived by the followers. The claim is that psychological distance is a subjective dimension that affects the manner of construal and attributions with regard to leaders....

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Personality predictors of leadership styles and the self-other agreement problem

Whereas it has been acknowledged that personality plays an important role in leader emergence and effectiveness most studies have shown weak relations between personality and leadership styles....

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Assessing the trait theory of leadership using self and observer ratings of personality: The mediating role of contributions to group success

The trait theory of leadership suggests that personality traits influence leader emergence and effectiveness. While initial empirical evidence supports this perspective the majority of studies have examined the relationship between personality and leadership using self ratings of personality....

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