Characteristics Of Leadership

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What are the qualities most often found in a successful leader? How can varying personality and leadership styles influence the effectiveness of one’s leadership abilities? The information researched and outlined in the paper below will lecture on the topic of leadership, and the styles that have been proven to be inherent in effective leaders.
Certain character traits lend themselves to a more successful leader. That is to say an effective style of leadership is directly correlated to the personality traits and communication style of the leader. Categorical styles of leadership which encompass transactional, transformational and visionary leadership play a role in the type of leader and the style of leader. Transformational leadership is
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Ismail pointed to six leadership traits, “drive, motivation to lead, honesty and integrity, self-confidence, cognitive ability, and knowledge of the business as the backbone of effective leadership (Ismail, 2012).” Based on the research of leadership traits, he found that leaders are individuals who can and will tell others what to do, but, not withstanding, at the same time, will demonstrate a respect for other people and in doing so will also gain respect (Ismail, 2012). It has also been my personal experience that if one wish’s to gain respect one must also give …show more content…
There is a relationship between transformational leadership and leadership traits. Research has revealed that female leaders are more transformational than male leaders in their leadership styles. (Wan Ismail, W., & Al-Taee, F. 2012).
One’s ability to effectively lead can be traced to two leadership behavior dimensions: task- oriented; and, relations-oriented. Those who scored high in both behavior dimensions are likely to perform better in a leadership role. One’s behavioral approach suggests that some particular styles are closely related to the effectiveness of the leader. A leader who can be both task oriented, but not at the expense of alienating the employees, and relationship oriented is the most effective leader.
The contingency view proposes that effective leadership may be the ability to adapt your behavior style to what is required of a particular situation. Clearly those who are flexible in their approaches to problem solving are more successful as a wider range of tools are at their disposal. Personality traits are the subdivision of individual differences in behavior to show consistent thoughts, actions, and feelings. These traits have a behavioral implication, which is to say that they influence behavior in any situation, and they contribute to the consideration of a person in regards to which situations those individuals are motivated to

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