Leadership Theories Of The Great Man Theory

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“Leaders are born not mad,”I don’t fully agree with this statement. I believe that a leader can be born with leadership traits but will then have to develop these traits and other characteristics and decision-making techniques to become an effective leader. I will justify this by explaining the four main categories of leadership theories ➢ Great Man Theory ➢ Trait Theory ➢ Behavioral Theory ➢ Contingency theory • Situational theory • Path-goal theory • Participation theory model There are many different leadership theories; these leadership theories can be places into four main categories: 1. Great Man Theories – this theory assumes that leadership can be inherited, that they are born not taught. The Great Man theory reveals great leaders as heroic, mythic and certain to rise to leadership when needed. A leader is born with the required core characteristics of a great leader including confidence, intelligence and social skills. The term Great Man theory was used because at the time leadership was thought to be a primarily male quality. 2. Trait Theories – theories that consider personal qualities and characteristics that differentiate leaders from non-leaders (Robbins, Millett, Maree Boyle & Tim Judge, Organisational Behaviour). Personal traits that are common among successful leaders are: - Drive: having high energy, display initiative and are tenacious - Self confidence: trusting themselves and have confidence in their abilities - Creativity: are creative and original
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