a model of leadership that assumes that individuals make inferences about leadership ability by observing and interpreting different types of environmental and behavioral cues. Like leader-categorization theory, attribution theory assumes that subordinates respond more positively to a leader who displays the qualities and behaviors that match their implicit leadership theories or schemas held by a person. See also leader prototype.

ATTRIBUTION THEORY OF LEADERSHIP: "The attribution theory of leadership suggests that people are more likely to follow an individual who fits their idea of a leader - for example, strength."
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