What Makes A Good Leader?

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Is there agreement across time and cultures as to what makes a good leader? Abstract This paper explores different cultures and past decades of prominent leaders and their leadership style. Were they good or highly unfavourable in their endeavours to move and dent the hearts of the nation or effectively obtain unanimity within their organisations? It is noted throughout history the ways in which leaders chose to exhibit their power and personality. In the following findings, it is evident that there is a vast array of styles and persona’s, but what makes a good leader? Introduction Throughout the growing new generations, countless era’s, destructive and defining crises, crucial revolutions and times of this world, we have experienced…show more content…
Additionally, The U.S. military has studied leadership in depth. One of their definitions is a process by which a soldier influences others to accomplish a mission (U.S. Army, 1983). Leadership as outlined by Steve Zeitchik, (2012) is inspiring others to pursue your vision within the parameters you set, to the extent that it becomes a shared effort, a shared vision, and a shared success and according to Kruse (2013) Leadership is a process of social influence, which maximizes the efforts of others, towards the achievement of a goal. Many might find this to be true as we delve into history’s list of leaders later on; for instance 1963’s racial crisis, looking at Martin Luther King’s potent democratic leadership, World War II’s Winston Churchill’s aggressive autocratic approach and Magaret Thathcer. I will also explore the more controversial ideologies of leadership by examining the embodiment of leadership qualities portrayed by Jesus, The Christ and Adolf Hitler. This study essentially explores cultural sentiments of what is universally seen as a good leader. Main body The years of our existing intelligence have carried particularly bold statements such as to say ‘Leaders are born, not made’. The Great person theory and Trait theory suppose that good leadership is developed or birthed by intrinsic factors which are internal. This suggests, personality characteristics such charisma, confidence, social skills and
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