Genetic Underpinnings of Transformational Leadership: The Mediating Role of Dispositional Hope

Sankalp Chaturvedi, Richard D. Arvey, Zhen Zhang, Paraskevi T. Christoforou

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In this study, the authors investigate the extent to which dispositional hope mediates genetic influences on transformational leadership. Based on a sample of female twins (214 identical and 178 fraternal) from the Minnesota Twin Registry, results indicated that 53% of the variance in hope and 49% of the variance in transformational leadership were accounted for by genetic factors. After controlling for positive emotionality and negative emotionality, it was found that the genetic influence on transformational leadership was mediated by dispositional hope with the overlapping genetic factors explaining 20.8% of the total variance in transformational leadership.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)469-479
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Leadership and Organizational Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2011


  • behavioral genetics
  • dispositional hope
  • transformational leadership

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research


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