The Defining Characteristics Of Leadership

1305 Words May 17th, 2016 6 Pages
The Defining Characteristics of Leadership Leadership arises in different situations with all being a variety of characteristics and traits. While there are a variety of connotations and denotations of the word leadership, one can say that an effective leader doesn’t necessarily need to have all the traits that a great leader needs to have, but only possessing the traits of being able to direct individuals into the correct path, being ethical and having high moral values, and being loyal. Through the usage of positive words and having an optimistic mindset, both McVay and Atticus Finch effectively portrays one of the beneficial trait of an effective and good leader, which is leading people to the right path. When Scout confronted Cicil Jacobs about his insults towards her family about being a “nigger lover,” Scout decided to use violence as a response towards his insults. Upon returning to her home, Atticus Finch, Scout’s father, went up to her and told her, ‘“You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anybody says to you, don’t you let ‘em get your goat. Try fightin’ with your head for a change’” (Lee 76). The words that Atticus used in this quote clearly reveals the idea of leading people to the right path because he is trying to change Scout in a way that it will be beneficial when she faces the same situation in the near future. In addition, McVay also contributed towards the trait of leading a group of people in the right path when the…
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