Organizational Behavior Theory : Trait Theory

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Organizational Behavior Theory:
Trait Theory
Michael Sinnett
MGT500 – Organizational Behavior
Colorado State University – Global Campus
Dr. Larry Key
September 24, 2017
Organizational Behavior Theory: Trait Theory
There are so many aspects that make up human behavior. For example, a person 's environment and their genetics are a couple of aspects that make up an individual 's behavior. Therefore, it would make sense that when you have a group of individuals together there would be just as many aspects that make up the group’s behavior as well. The study of individual behaviors within a group and how the group interacts with each other is known as organizational behavioral theory (Howard, 2014). There are many theories located
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These traits separate leaders from others within an organization (Colbert, Judge, Choi and Wang, 2012). Leadership traits were personality traits that early researchers tried define originally (Wynn, 2006). Even more recent, an article came out describing ten traits for innovative leaders which included: excellent strategic vision, strong customer service, creates a climate of trust, and always available to name a few of the traits (Business Mirror, 2014). Researchers are still looking for specific traits identified to be innate to great leaders.
History of Trait theory
At the turn of the twentieth century, researchers suggested that there were specific personality characteristics associated with individuals that were distinctive to a person that predisposed them to better than others when it came to leadership position within an organization (Wynn, 2006). One of those researchers was Ralph M. Stogdill. Stogdill proposed, like previous researchers in trait theory, that certain personality traits a leader exhibited were observable and could be defined by others (Stogdill, 1969). In 1969, Stogdill conducted research where he would use actors who would
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