A model which makes the assumption that outsiders will automatically and spontaneously (without forethought) consider themselves as leaders of a group. See also attribution theory of leadership- leader prototype.

LEADER-CATEGORIZATION THEORY: "The leader-categorization theory is one of the main collections of ideas about how a leader conducts themselves within a group and their role."
Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "LEADER-CATEGORIZATION THEORY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/leader-categorization-theory/ (accessed October 21, 2021).