Definition of Locus Of Control
Locus of control is the degree to which an individual believes that he has control over the occasions that impact his life. If a person believes that his behavior is the outcome of his certain actions and he has control over his actions then that person has an internal locus of control.
If a person believes that his life is impacted by the outside forces and the events that he can’t control then that person has an external locus of control.
In management, locus of control can be both viewed as internal and external. For instance, a manager who takes the responsibility for his poor actions and then tries to change his actions is perceived as more in control and powerful as he is having an internal locus of control.
On the other hand, if a manager gets late because he is habitual and blames traffic for being late, is having an external locus of control.