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Changing Personalities Of China’s Business Visionaries

Does leadership evolve? Fu Pingping, Xu Liguo and Perez Loh argue that the changing personality traits of some of China’s most prominent business leaders have influenced both their leadership styles and business success.
For decades, it was a commonly held belief that personality traits — be they motivations, abilities or patterns of behaviour — remain relatively stable. In the US, one of the largest and longest nationwide surveys followed thousands of people from the 1930s through to the 1980s. Researchers found that while habits may evolve, core personality traits generally did not change over time. However, research by professors Fu Pingping, Associate Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong and Xi Youmin, Executive President of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, and Xu Liguo, doctoral candidate at Xi’an Jiaotong University, shows that some personality traits do evolve.

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