Leadership Skills May Be Genetic

Leadership Skills May Be Genetic

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An international research team says it has identified a specific DNA sequence associated with leadership skills. The findings, which appeared online in the journal Leadership Quarterly, suggest that a quarter of the variation among leadership qualities in individuals could be inherited — due to the genotype rs4950.

To find this genotype, the team analyzed the genetic samples of around 4,000 people in the U.S., as well as information about their jobs and relationships. The researchers reported a clear link between rs4950 and the tendency of an individual to demonstrate leadership behavior.

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