A Great Leader Essay

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This paper will address my personal feelings of what is leadership. It will then discuss the characteristics that go into making up a great leader. Next, I will evaluate my strengths and weaknesses as an effective leader in relation to my list of great leadership characteristics. As a final point, I will finish with a plan on how I will improve myself as a leader.
Leadership is a difficult word to define. There are so many different meanings that leadership has meant over the centuries. My personal definition is, "Leadership is a positive process that helps followers to move in the right direction so they can eventually achieve their goals."
1. Visionary- All great leaders have the ability to visualize a future for their company and are
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They also are driven by a need for achievement instead of external rewards.” (Hicks, 2008) Capable leaders have the most influence on their employees in the work environment during the improvement of their products and services. Furthermore, one of the most important contributions a leader can make to his company is the creation of a team atmosphere within the company culture. This is done with the correct amount of encouragement, criticism, and motivation to maintain a balance that will drive employees with the spirit to succeed.
3. Integrity- Integrity is the combination of inner core values and a person’s external actions. An individual with high integrity will act the same externally as they feel on the inside. This type of person is trusted by employees because they do not waver from their core value system, even if at times it may be easier to do so. Special Agent D. Day who is currently a researcher at the Advanced Operational Art Studies, School of Advanced Military Studies feels that, “Good leaders have solid integrity to trust in their abilities, as well as those of their employees, to take ownership of a situation or problem regardless of how small, and to foster a team attitude. People can quickly point out when they have worked for a good leader.” (Day, 2009) Integrity is essential for successful leadership to take

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