What Is A Leader?

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What is a leader? According to Kruse (2013), a leader is a person that has social influence and has the capability to maximize the efforts of others to achieve a goal. An effective leader inspires confidence in other people and moves them to action. This action usually attributes to a goal. If the leader is effective and demonstrates the skill set or ability to motivate their subjects correctly, then the goal is attainable. My definition is somewhat similar to the one shared by Kruse (2013). A leader is someone who possesses a natural talent, as well as, an acquired knowledge of leadership skills, theories, and best practices. A leader is competent, fair, balanced, works cooperatively, is trustworthy, and builds working relationships…show more content…
These individuals are often the first to volunteer for a project or be the spokesman for a group without hesitation. Though this may have held some truth in the past, today the more ideal theory of leadership would be that of the Relationship theory Cherry (2015). Leaders whom follow the trends of a transformational leader encourage others to be great and believe in the ability of the team to accomplish a goal. My personal belief is that some leaders had the inner ability to lead prior to accepting a leadership position. Proper training and development in the craft of leadership, specific to the organization, adds value to the leadership abilities that were already innate. However, the most successful leadership theory would resemble the Transformational theory. Through my experience as a teacher and literacy coach, I’ve had the privilege to serve under the direction of great leadership. In my tenure at my current campus, I’ve witnessed how the vast majority of my colleagues whom have transitioned from our building were promoted to higher positions such as assistant principals, instructional coaches, school counselors, instructional interventionist, and district level personnel. Within the building, instructional coaches and interventionist were all developed under her leadership, including myself. Her ability to see the leadership within her subjects prompted her to use strategic strategies to push the
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