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Are leaders born? Researchers say ... maybe.

Research published recently in The Leadership Quarterly links the genetic makeup of identical and fraternal twins with leadership roles they have as adults. British and American scientists found that about a quarter of twins who reported having supervisory roles in their workplace share the same genetic component (genotype rs4950). The researchers speculate people might inherit leadership characteristics such as extroversion, problem-solving and a tendency to spend more time in school. Left unanswered--for now--is the role environment plays in developing leaders, which could be significant. In any case, next time you successfully motivate others on your team, you might thank Dad or Mom.

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Title Annotation:STARTup
Author:Simnacher, Betsy
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 1, 2013
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