The Trait Theory: The Different Aspects Of Leadership?

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Interest in leadership has increased in the twentieth century, especially the question of how people become leaders? Leadership is the leading topic in social psychology and there are many theories that try to explain different aspects of leadership. Do certain qualities make people great leaders, or situational factors play a role? Is leadership inborn, or is leadership really a skill that can be learned?
To accurately assess the situation, manager must well represent the capabilities of the subordinates and his own. The leader should always be ready to reevaluate judgments and, if necessary, appropriately change his leadership style. A leader who wants to work as efficiently as possible, get everything that is possible from subordinates, can not afford …show more content…

The essence of this theory is to explain the phenomenon of leadership by outstanding personality qualities. As one of the prominent representatives of the trait theory, E. Bogardus, writes, "superior intellectual talents bring an outstanding position to individuals, sooner or later leading to leadership." The trait theory sets itself the task of revealing the universal structure of the personality of an effective leader by defining characteristic features or characteristics.
The theory of features has a number of shortcomings.
First, the list of potentially important leadership qualities turned out to be almost endless. For this reason, it became impossible to create the "only true" image of the leader.
Secondly, for various reasons, such as, for example, failure to find ways to measure many leadership qualities, and also because of the non-recognition of possible differences depending on the organization or situation, it was not possible to establish a close relationship between the considered qualities and leadership and to identify leadership in a practical way.


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