What Makes A Good Leader?

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Introduction Former President of the United States John Quincy Adams once said that “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” Leadership, and what defines a commendable leader has been the subject of great debate throughout history, as well as a topic of considerable interest within the field of organizational behaviour. At its core, leadership is defined as “the influence that particular individuals exert on the goal achievement of others in an organizational context.” The ability to be able to influence those around you to accomplish a goal is obviously of great importance to ensure the survival of an organization and its members, no more so then in the case of profession of arms in which the former statement becomes rather literal. Although there are several known and well understood theories of leadership, it is impossible to say that one is more useful than the others, as often times the application of said theories depends wholly on the context of the situation one finds themselves in. As a result of the need for leadership to stem from situational aspects, as well as the personality traits of the individual, it is not uncommon to see a tenant that governs leadership decisions that varies from person to person, and in most situations it is encouraged for budding leaders to find their own governing principles when it comes to leadership. This is the purpose of this self-reflection, to explore what tenant acts

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