Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.leaqua.2014.12.005
Title: A mixed blessing? Dual mediating mechanisms in the relationship between dopamine transporter gene DAT1 and leadership role occupancy
Authors: Li, Wen-Dong
Wang, Nan 
Arvey, Richard D 
Soong, Richie 
Saw, Seang Mei 
Song, Zhaoli 
Keywords: Social Sciences
Psychology, Applied
Management
Psychology
Business & Economics
Leadership role occupancy
Dopamine gene
Proactive personality
Rule breaking
Dual mechanisms
DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER
ATTENTION-DEFICIT/HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER
CHARISMATIC LEADERSHIP
INDIVIDUAL-DIFFERENCES
CANDIDATE GENE
RECEPTOR GENE
ORGANIZATIONAL-BEHAVIOR
PROACTIVE PERSONALITY
LEARNING ORIENTATION
MENTAL-ABILITY
Issue Date: 1-Oct-2015
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC
Citation: Li, Wen-Dong, Wang, Nan, Arvey, Richard D, Soong, Richie, Saw, Seang Mei, Song, Zhaoli (2015-10-01). A mixed blessing? Dual mediating mechanisms in the relationship between dopamine transporter gene DAT1 and leadership role occupancy. LEADERSHIP QUARTERLY 26 (5) : 671-686. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.leaqua.2014.12.005
Abstract: Trait theories of leadership have documented the role of individual characteristics in affecting leadership. Twin studies have further revealed significant genetic effects on leadership role occupancy. In the era of genomics, the current research examines how a dopamine transporter gene, DAT1, is involved in genetic influences on leadership role occupancy. Study 1 found DAT1 10-repeat allele to negatively relate to proactive personality, which in turn was positively associated with leadership role occupancy. The negative indirect effect was significant, but the overall relationship between this gene and leadership was not. In addition to replicating Study 1's findings using a nationally representative sample, Study 2 revealed another countervailing mechanism: DAT1 was positively related to (moderate) rule breaking, which was positively associated with leadership role occupancy. Consistent findings across the two studies suggest that the pathways linking specific genes to leadership are complex and a middle-ground approach is needed in such multidisciplinary investigations.
Source Title: LEADERSHIP QUARTERLY
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/228941
ISSN: 1048-9843
1873-3409
DOI: 10.1016/j.leaqua.2014.12.005
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