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The Big Five Personality Traits and the art of Virtual Leadership

Politis, John D. and Politis, Denis (2011). The Big Five Personality Traits and the art of Virtual Leadership. In: Despres, Charles 7th European Conference on Management, Leadership and Governance (ECMLG 2011), Sophia-Antipolis, France, 6-7 October 2011.

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Author Politis, John D.
Politis, Denis
Title The Big Five Personality Traits and the art of Virtual Leadership
Conference Name 7th European Conference on Management, Leadership and Governance (ECMLG 2011)
Conference Location Sophia-Antipolis, France
Conference Dates 6-7 October 2011
Conference Publication Title Proceedings of the 7th European Conference on Management, Leadership and Governance
Editor Despres, Charles
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited
Publication Year 2011
ISBN 9781908272164   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 342
End Page 349
Total Pages 8
Field of Research 1503 - Business and Management
Abstract The goal of this study is to examine the influence of the 'big five personality traits' on the variables of Art of Virtual Leadership on a utilities organization operating in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which is managing remote workers and virtual teams. The study also investigates the psychometric properties of the newly developed Art of Virtual Leadership measurement instrument. As for the originality of the study, it is the first to examine the affect of the well established 'big five personality traits' on the newly developed Art of Virtual Leadership dimensions in the UAE. The paper is aspiring to assist firms in the UAE to identify which of the 'big five personality traits' are likely to influence the Art of Virtual Leadership dimensions, which in turn could assist managers to communicate, supervise and lead employees from a distance. A path analysis was performed, applying SEM, using AMOS. Overall the findings support the positive relationship between the 'big five personality traits' and the variables of the Art of Virtual Leadership, with the exception of neuroticism. As anticipated, neuroticism showed a negative relationship with the dimensions of improve virtual communication and handle virtual meetings. Moreover, the study has found agreeableness, conscientiousness and openness to experience to be the most important traits for managers leading remote workers and virtual teams. Finally, the data supported the psychometric properties of the newly developed Art of Virtual Leadership dimensions.
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