Most leadership traits are heritable, according to a study published in the journal Twin Research. A group of researchers headed by Professor Andrew Johnson of the University of Western Ontario, in Canada, found in their study of almost 250 pairs of twins that identical twins were more likely to reach similar scores for such leadership qualities as charisma and the ability to inspire others. Their results showed that more than 50 percent of differences in leadership ability were linked to genetics, compared to a genetic influence of about 40 percent for other personality traits. Professor Johnson suggested that the qualities of transformational leadership - inspiring others to follow - might be of greater evolutionary significance.
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