Trait Approach to Studing Leadership

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Trait Approach to Studying Leadership Sheila Pounder LDR/531 May 30, 2012 John Healy Trait Approach to Studying Leadership The trait approach to studying leadership uses the assumption that some people are natural leaders with certain attributes that pertains to their personality, motives, values, and skills (Yuki, p. 13, 2010). The studies sort to identify what are the specific traits of leadership. Examples of some of the leadership traits the study found are high intelligence and action-oriented judgment, task competence, achievement-oriented, the ability to motivate people, courage, and resolution driven. This approach was one of the earliest processes used to identify what makes a great leader great. The studies conducted…show more content…
In recent times, the military has changed the test, for use only as a way of determining an individual’s ability to serve. The trait approach to studying leadership, although one of the earliest methods used, is still a useful tool with some limitation. Even today there are a number of books, articles, and other methods that incorporate the use of trait identification to determine leadership qualities in individuals. References Northhouse, P. G. (2010). Leadership: Theory and practice (5th ed.). Los Angeles, CA: SAGE Publishing, Inc. Official website for the ASVAB. (2012). Retrieved from http://official-asvab.com/history_coun.htm Travis, E. (1999-2012). eHow money. Retrieved from http://www.ehow.com/info_7750063_trait-approach-leadership.html Yuki, G. (2010). Leadership in Organizations (7th ed.). Retrieved from

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