Who You Are Is How You Lead: A Look at How Leadership Styles are Influenced by Personality

LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital

For many years, management and leadership were used interchangeably to describe the work methods adopted by individuals of authority and responsibility. 

While there have been trends throughout history promoting certain types of leadership over others, no consideration was made of individual skills and abilities. We now know however, that no one leadership style suits all. While several leadership approaches exist, there remains no clear consensus regarding the superiority of one approach over the others. More importantly, evidence now suggests that leadership styles need to cater to individual personalities. Effective leadership, therefore, must account for variations in personality, communication skills and character malleability.

This session aims to provide attendees with a basic understanding of the OCEANs 5 personality traits, as well as introduce various leadership styles that can be used in diverse  work settings. Participants will learn about screening questionnaires that can assist in identifying the most leadership style most suited to their personality. 

Topics to be covered:

  • What is leadership and what is management? How are they similar and why are they different?
  • What are common leadership styles currently used and what evidence do we have supporting various leadership styles in different settings?
  • How does your personality influence leadership?
  • What are the OCEANs 5 personality traits and how can they help us identify the most appropriate leadership style?


The lecture will be presented by LAU alumnus Dr. Wael Salameh (MD ‘18), instructor of Psychiatry at LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital and Clemenceau Medical Centre. Dr. Salameh is a clinical psychiatrist and adult psychotherapist. He is a member of the European Psychiatric Association and the Council of Neuropsychopharmacology.

Registration starts at 6:00 p.m.