Political Leadership And Its Importance

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1. Theoretical Definition “Being a leader is a complex fate. Although contradictions and clashing expectations are part of life, they are especially present in the exercise of leadership” (Cronin and Genovese 2012, 1). Political leadership is a broad multidimensional phenomenon that has been analyzed through various lenses; yet there is no one concrete definition. In the following response, I will present a brief overview of my interpretation through which I have come to understand political leadership and its importance. Then, I will examine the relevance of the typologies and authors we have considered in relation to political leadership. When thinking about leadership, it is important to ask ourselves, can one measure…show more content…
Although Sandberg’s framework can be useful in the business world, I find that studying political leadership strictly from a gender-based approach could be insufficient. Regardless of his/her gender, a leader is an individual that possesses the necessary characteristics that will make or break his/her leadership. In her book, The Power of Latino leadership, Juana Bordas offers culture-based analysis of leadership. Although her book focuses on Latino culture, I find some of the leadership principles that she offers, relevant in trying to define political leadership. For example, Personalismo (The Character of the Leader) is a leadership principle that explores leaders’ abilities to connect with people and embody traits that will exemplify trust and respect in relation to their followers (Bordas 2013, 8). Juntos (we are together) describes the “collective and collaborative nature of leadership” (Bordas 2013, 10). The leader works hand in hand with his/her followers to achieve the desired common end results (Bordas 2013, 10). These two principles presented by Bordas are strongly related to James MacGregor Burns’ account of transforming leadership. He describes transforming leadership as a collective process where leaders and followers empower each other to fulfill the wants and the needs of the people (Burns 2003, 2). Burns argues that “deep and durable change, guided and measured by values, is the ultimate purpose of transforming leadership, and
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