Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Motivation to lead as mediator of relations between the dark triad, big five, and leadership intention
Authors: Kennedy, Jeffrey C.
Chan, Kim Yin
Ho, Ringo Moon-Ho
Uy, Marilyn A.
Chernyshenko, Oleksander S.
Keywords: Social sciences::Psychology
Issue Date: 2021
Source: Kennedy, J. C., Chan, K. Y., Ho, R. M., Uy, M. A. & Chernyshenko, O. S. (2021). Motivation to lead as mediator of relations between the dark triad, big five, and leadership intention. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, :675347.-.
Journal: Frontiers in Psychology
Abstract: This study seeks to enhance the distal-proximal modeling of personality trait–leader emergence relationships by (1) distinguishing between the motivation to lead (i.e., the reasons why a person seeks leadership roles) and leadership intention (i.e., one’s expressed desire to claim a leadership role) and by (2) examining how the Dark Triad traits add to the Big Five personality factors in predicting three motivation to lead factors and leadership intentions. Using personality and careers aspiration data collected from 750 university students, we found that affective-identity and social-normative motivation to lead mediate the effects of distal traits on intentions. In contrast, non-calculative motivation to lead does not contribute to leadership intentions, which has important implications for organizations seeking selfless leaders. Narcissism explains variance in leadership intentions over and above that explained by extraversion; this contrasts with the studies of leader emergence, where the effect of narcissism disappears once extraversion is controlled. Overall, our findings validate the three-factor conceptualization of motivation to lead and illuminate the roles of both bright and dark personality factors in understanding individual desire to attain leadership roles.
ISSN: 1664-1078
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.675347
Rights: © 2021 Kennedy, Chan, Ho, Uy and Chernyshenko. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Fulltext Permission: open
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
Appears in Collections:NBS Journal Articles
SSS Journal Articles

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
fpsyg-12-675347.pdf844.18 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

Page view(s)

Updated on Jan 16, 2022


Updated on Jan 16, 2022

Google ScholarTM




Items in DR-NTU are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.