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Although researchers tend to focus on the skills, strategies, and traits that leaders possess, personality is also vitally important in leadership. A person who possesses intelligence, integrity, flexibility, decisiveness and people skills is perceived to be a better leader and manager of people as compared to a person who does not possess these qualities.

Is the three-factor taxonomy more suitable than the big five model of personality for describing leaders? Why? Do the three-factor taxonomy and the big five model have any common characteristics? Explain.
How are the specific traits related to leadership effectiveness? Can they be categorized according to the big five model? If yes, how? If no, why?
Can the big five model and the three-factor taxonomy be related to effective leadership in criminal justice? If yes, how? If no, why?

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This answer argues that most descriptions of personality types and their relation to leadership agree. The essential traits for each theory differ only at the margins, and the essential virtues for leadership are the same across time and space.

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Select two standard personality assessments used in business and industry. Keep in mind that these need to be actual, reputable personality assessments, which have data to support their use, such as the Myers-Briggs tool. The simple quizzes that one can find easily on the Internet are not acceptable subject matter for this assignment.

Research the development and use of each test and their stated reliability and validity. In a 1,050 to 1,400-word paper, summarize the focus of each test, and address the following points:

a. How the test works

b. The circumstances under which using the test would be indicated

c. The stated reliability and validity of the instrument

d. The factors that users of such tests should consider

e. Your opinion of the usefulness of the test based on your research.

Be sure to follow APA format, and use a minimum of four sources other than the course text.

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