People’S Beliefs On How Individuals Become Leaders Affect

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People’s beliefs on how individuals become leaders affect the way they evaluate leadership potentials. If people believe that leaders are born, it is likely to result in selecting or identifying the right people for leadership positions rather than developing the leaders. Leadership refers to the exercise of influence over others on behalf of a specific purpose, goals, and aims of the leaders. Some leadership theories such as Trait theory and Great Man theory believe that individuals inherit some traits and qualities that make them suited for leadership (Lussier & Achua, 2015). However Gentry, Deal, Stawiski & Ruderman (2012) believes that a good leader is developed through constant growth, mentoring, experience, and learning. Such leaders…show more content…
Additionally, leaders need to be smart to evaluate situations and come up with courses of action. This makes social intelligence an important leadership trait. An aspect of empathy and ability to understand followers is important to leaders. These traits are believed to be natural within an individual. However, differentiating between leadership emergence and effectiveness is important in understanding the issue of inborn leadership traits (Gentry, Deal, Stawiski & Ruderman, 2012). Leadership effectiveness refers to the performance of the leader while emergence refers to being valved into a leadership role. In many cases, inborn leadership traits are associated with the emergence of leadership. Meaning that within a group of peers, those who are more intelligent or are more extraverted tend to have a better influence on a group. However, this does not mean that these individuals perform better than others when placed in a formal leadership position. Most studies investigating the relationship between leadership and extraversion have found a weak relationship, making it difficult to draw conclusions from such positions. However, some studies have indicated a strong relationship when looking at specific job types. In this case, extraversion predicts that performance in jobs with the competitive social element such as sales. On the other hand, extraversion would predict other less desirable outcomes such as absenteeism. Further, when investigating the
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