Leadership As A Leader Of An Organization

1048 WordsNov 29, 20145 Pages
I. Introduction “Lead, follow, or get out of the way,” Thomas Paine once said. When I think of leadership I think of someone who is the leader of an organization, club, or business someone who’s in charge and is, astonishing important. “Leadership is a highly sought-after and highly valued commodity. Leadership is a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal” (Northouse). II. Leadership in Trait Theory One similarity to leadership is called, trait theory. Trait theory focuses on identifying the innate qualities of “great men”. Taken from what I was taught. I believe, “Leaders are born not made” So many people think they are leaders, but are better as a follower. For example, in Stogdill’s first survey he acknowledged a group of leadership traits that were related to how they became leaders. The results of the survey came out to be, “The average individual in the leadership role is different from an average group member in the following ways, intelligence, alertness, insight, responsibility, initiative, persistence, self- confidence, sociability” ( p.16). He also found in his findings, an individual does not become a leader solely because he or she possess, certain traits. Just because the person may be good in one situation may not essentially be leaders in another situation” (p.16). I believe this theory is by far correct because everyone has different talents. Even though a person can cut hair doesn’t mean they can
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