The Theories Of Leaders Are Born Of Intrinsic Characters

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The theories that leaders are born of intrinsic characters, and that certain leadership behaviors can be taught, purportedly, there are no set ways to become a leader, have inspired tremendous contentions amongst scholars. Ironically, these arguments have also shared diverse opinions and views that seemingly create a framework of contrast on these viewpoints. Therefore it is clear that characters that are attributed to a leader are in fact nonlinear, and even so, could be argued as a constant dynamic changes to behavioral patterns. Nevertheless, these assumptions have provided us the leverage in defining some of the essential characters of a leader as we look at these three theories in further details. In the early years of this debate, Thomas Carlyle’s book Heroes and Hero Worship (1907), William James’s writings (1880) about the great men of history, and Galton’s study (1869) of the role of heredity became an integral part of characterizing the trait theory that defined the intrinsic qualities accompanied a leader. These authors and philosophers writes that innate qualities shape human personality and behavior, and that leaders are created by virtue of their birth, which gave them the special qualities to lead others. (Nahavandi; Afsaneh, 2014). Trait theory also emphasis that leaders are born rather than made, conversely, all leaders possesses identical characteristics. (Mark, 2016). If this assumptions were in fact plausible, prominent leaders such as the Pope, Bill
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