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implicit leadership theory
each of us holds within his or her long-term memory a large and well well-elaborated belief system regarding those features we believe distinguish leaders
the decision to label an individual as a leader depends on
the context to which the features of a target overlap with the features that distinguish the leader category or prototype
eight distinctive category dimensions of implicit leadership theory
individuals' mental categories of things or people can be hierarchy arranged into three levels
although universal attributes of leadership exist,
there is substantial variability in our definitions of leadership, seemingly arising from our personal experiences
is there evidence that our perceptions of our parents colors our perceptions of the ideal leader?
yes, father tyranny
the categorization perspective
the idea that we label people as leaders to the degree that they overlap with our implicitly-held leadership prototypes
Hogg's social identity theory
leadership perceptions will depend on a target's fit with a group prototype of what a leader is or should be and the more the perceiver identifies with the group, the greater the target's fit to the group prototype will guide leader perceptions
one potential implication of Hogg's work for the theory of leader categorization is that
the leader category may be much more fluid and adjustable knowledge structure than previously indicated
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