The Great Man Approach During The Mid 1800 ' S

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While most agree that the Great Man Approach was most active beginning in the mid-1800’s through the early 1900’s, (Komives, 1998, p.58) it is the opinion of this author that this approach has played an active role since the beginning of time. Take into consideration King Melchizedek in Genesis 14. The Great Man was still selected either by lineage or military success. The same theme rings true throughout the Bible, including but not limited to Saul and David in Samuel, the priests throughout the wilderness (Since they had to be from Levi) and the various prophets such as Jeremiah or Moses Himself. Of course the idea is not limited to the Bible. As Secular history goes, dictatorships, monarchies and the like are all based off of the same general idea that said great man, whether born into an aristocratic family or even magically appears, assumes the role of leadership simply because of inherited traits and the born right to lead. “The idea of the Great Man also strayed into the mythic domain, with notions that in times of need, a Great Man would arise, almost by magic. This was easy to verify, by pointing to people such as Eisenhower and Churchill, let alone those further back along the timeline, even to Jesus, Moses, Mohammed and the Buddah.” (Changing Minds, 2016. Great Man Approach)
History of Reciprocal Approach The Reciprocal Approach to leadership can be described as a relational, shared process with an emphasis on follower participation in the leadership. (Komives,…
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