Are Leaders Born or Made? 3

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Table of Contents Abstract………………………………………………………………………………3 Introduction…………………………………………………………………………...4 Great Man Theory…………………………………………………………………….4 Trait Theory…………………………………………………………………………...6 Great Man and Trait Theories…………………………………………………………8 Are Leaders Born or Made?...........................................................................................8 Conclusion……………………………………………………………………………..9 References……………………………………………………………………….…….10 Abstract Leadership itself has been accompanied throughout time, by numerous theories, all claiming to answer the question, Are leaders born or made? The leadership theory which concentrates on this point is the Great man theory. The other theory in which I chose is trait theories and…show more content…
The idea of the Great Man also strayed into the mythic domain, with notions that in times of need, a Great Man would arise, almost by magic. This was easy to verify, by pointing to people such as Eisenhower and Churchill, let alone those further back along the timeline, even to Jesus, Moses, Mohammed and the Buddha. Are some people born to lead? If we look at the great leaders of the past like the one’s that were mentioned earlier we will find that they do seem to differ from ordinary human beings in several aspects. The same applies to the contemporary leaders like George W. Bush and Mahatma Gandhi. They definitely possess high levels of ambition coupled with clear visions of precisely where they want to go. These leaders are cited as naturally great leaders, born with a set of personal qualities that made them effective leaders. Even today, the belief that truly great leaders are born is common. Top executives, sports personalities, and even politicians often seem to possess an aura that sets them apart from others. According to the contemporary theorists, leaders are not like other people. They do not need to be intellectually genius or omniscient prophets to succeed, but they definitely should have the right stuff which is not equally present in all people. Trait Theories Trait leadership theory is actually a range of theories which share the belief that all leaders are born with, or at least display, certain key personality
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