The present study aimed to develop a leadership scale in order to determine potential leadership characteristics in general population, and investigate its certain psychometric features. Two separate applications were carried out for this study. A total of 884 people, ranging in age from 18 to 69, took place in the first one and a total of 98 people, ranging in age from 18 to 50, took place in the second one. In the first part, the form consisting of 75 items, which was generated in line with previous studies, was administered to participants. Out of this item pool, 15 items were selected using Item Response Theory, item analysis and factor analysis. Afterwards, the new form was named “A Potential Leadership Attributes Scale-15” (A-PLAS-15). It was observed that the selected items explains 30.592% of variance and shows single factor structure. The Cronbach’s Alpha internal consistency coefficient was determined 0.835 in the first application. Respectively, the reliability coefficients were estimated 0.890 in pretest and 0.892 in posttest of the second application. The test-retest correlation coefficient was calculated 0.857. The estimated correlations (ranging from -0.014 to 0.628) between the A-PLAS-15 and other scales, provide supporting evidence for discriminant and criterion-related validity. There were no significant differences found between the groups that were formed relying on the socio-demographic variables. Taken together, results of the present study suggest that even though A-PLAS-15 has the basic psychometric properties, further work is required to confirm its validity.
leadership, potential leadership, implicit leadership, transformational, transactional