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Personality Traits: Malleable or Stable?

Can an introverted person with average charisma and personality ever hope to achieve characteristics that would lead to their being described as a "great leader"? Please support your opinions with peer-reviewed journal articles. Be sure to use APA 5th edition guidelines for your in-text citations and reference list.

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1. Can an introverted person with average charisma and personality ever hope to achieve characteristics that would lead to their being described as a "great leader"? Please support your opinions with peer-reviewed journal articles. Be sure to use APA 5th edition guidelines for your in-text citations and reference list.

This is somewhat controversial, as some argue that personality traits are malleable (changeable), while others argue they are stable parts of personality. This includes both the concepts of introversion and leadership qualities such as charisma.

For example, some argue that being introverted is learned and not a stable personality trait. Rather, the underlying source of introversion for people is lack of self-confidence and being overly self-conscious about themselves. It is easy for people to keep to themselves if they do not want to expose/reveal their true personality to people in fear of rejection or lack of acceptance. Thus, all the introvert needs to do is learn new behaviors to become "great leaders." For example, McNulty, Espiritu, Halsey and Mendez (2006) investigated the differences in preferred learning and found a significant difference between introversion and extroversion; however, ...

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