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Cognitive Social Learning Variables and the Characteristics of Leaders1
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 16, Issue 9, pages 808–830, December 1986
How to Cite
Florin, P., Mednick, M. and Wandersman, A. (1986), Cognitive Social Learning Variables and the Characteristics of Leaders. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 16: 808–830. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1986.tb01170.x
Portions of this paper were prepared as a masters thesis by the second author, under the supervision of the first author, as part of the requirements for a Ph.D. degree in psychology at the University of Rhode Island. The authors would like to thank Peter Merenda, Irving Spaulding, Jerome Schaffran, and anonymous reviewers for their constructive comments.
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
This study explored the potential of a person × situation approach to identifying the characteristics of leaders in a voluntary community organization. A set of variables based on Mischel's “cognitive social learning variables” was operationalized to provide variables which assess the characteristics of individuals in relation to the specific context in which some emerge as leaders. This set of variables was compared with a larger set of traditional demographic and personality variables. Analyses indicated the approximate statistical comparability of the two sets. Advantages of the cognitive social learning approach for understanding and intervening in leader emergence and development in voluntary community organizations are discussed.