Leadership Theories And Concepts Of Leadership Essay

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Of the many leadership theories and approaches that exist in the Nourthouse text, two approaches that will be analyzed by their strengths and weaknesses and then compared are the trait approach and skills approach. The trait approach entails many strengths and weakness as it focuses on innate characteristics that influence one’s leadership abilities. The second approach discussed in the Northouse text is the skills approach. Unlike the trait approach, which focuses on one’s inborn traits, the skills approach analyzes the importance of leadership knowledge and abilities that can be gained by anyone. This approach also has strengths and criticisms that will be discussed. However, before analyzing the skills approach, and explanation on the trait approach will be provided.
Trait Approach As one of the first studied approaches of leadership, the trait approach encounters strengths and criticisms when placing emphasis on determining one’s ability to lead based on innate characteristics (Northouse, 2013, p.19). According to Northouse, this approach is also known as the “great man” theory because it was believed that only a select few -- ones with the inborn characteristics-- could become leaders (2013, p.19). Studies researching the innate traits began with Stogdill in 1948 and continued for over a century, making this one of the most credible approaches (Northouse, 2013, p.19). With that being said, no definitive set of innate characteristics was found to be responsible for…

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