An Examination of the Role of Core Self-Evaluation as Support for the Trait Based Theory of Leadership


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Denver, Colorado USA


The purpose of this research was to examine the potential relationship of student leadership with core self-evaluation. The trait theory of leadership posits that “leaders’ characteristics are different from non-leaders” (Kirkpatrick & Locke, 1991, p. 48) and based on this theory we can assume that student leaders’ characteristics would be different than student non-leaders. Therefore this study measured core self-evaluation using the core self-evaluation scale and student leadership using the S-LPI©. The findings from this research support core self-evaluation as a predictor of the five leadership dimensions and provide support for the trait theory of leadership