Leaders Become Great, Not Because Of Their Power

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Leaders become great , not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others ~ John Maxwell

Leaders are not born but, made. It is indeed a debatable topic but more importantly another tantalizing questions that linger around it and that have always been there to make us all ponder on : what makes an effective leader? Is there any perfect recipe to the making of an effective leader? Are there any specific traits, set of rules or guiding principles to an effective leadership, which when properly implemented or applied on an individual of an organization; can turn them into future Leaders. With decades of hard work and research that has been put into this subject; we come across numerous models which have been postulated, many theories which have been formulated along with statistical proofs of their worthiness. With (House, 1996)charismatic theory, followed by Burns 's (1978) theory on Transformational Leadership to Bass 's (1985) conceptualization of a unified ( Transactional and Transformational ) theory to many more. This essay outlines and critically discusses the most important aspects of these theories their shortcomings and a need for a more fuller theory as suggested by Antonakis and House (2014).
The introduction of a two faceted leadership, mainly "Transformational" and "Transactional" was clearly first stated by Burns (1978). His main observations were related to a leader and his followers, including what they both had in them, to offer
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