The Characteristics Of Leadership In The Theory Of Trait Leadership

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Managers have a many tasks to do on a daily basis, and one of the many tasks is their associates. Not all managers are capable to be leaders, in order to become a leader they must earn their associates trust but also “inspire and motivate people to give their best” (Managing Leadership, 1996). Being a leader comes with a lot of responsibility and certain qualities that will make them an effective leader. A leader is defined as “someone who can influence others and who has managerial authority”, with being a leader one must “influence [their associates] to achieve goals”, which is also known as leadership (Robbins, Decenzo & Coulter, 2015). Theories based on traits, contingency, situational or transformational are just some leadership techniques …show more content…
Many effective managers use different techniques to become effective to their employees and peers. Everyone is different so one must adapt to become effective. People change and so do some of the theories and approaches to them. There are many theories that have developed because of the changing society but also some have been disproved.
Trait leadership is one that has been disproven because it has many flaws with the theory.
The theory of trait leadership it states that if a person/manager does not have all of them then they do not apply it to their leadership skills. The qualities that define a leader or manager have all the characters but they are supposed to already have the characteristics when being appointed a higher position. These certain qualities are drive, desire to lead, honesty and integrity, self-confidence, intelligence, job-relevant knowledge and extraversion (Robbins, Decenzo& Coulter, 2015). The seven traits can be learned but from the theory the person must have inherited them from their family or just knew them already. “The search for specific traits in leaders has never
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In a similar way trait leadership theory does a certain aspect of inspiring in the manager’s traits. Transformational leaders compared to trait leaders have a different style of leading. For example, with trait leadership theory the manager must have all traits to There are common characteristics that everyone uses, but gender has different approaches to handle situations and their associates. “Women tended to act in a collegial manner and actively extended invitations to others to participate in decision making” (Taylor, 1994). Trait leadership theory and among other theories all involve the basic principles of being effective towards their associates and/or employees. Leadership involves more than just having basic characteristics to handle a wide variety of situations in the work environment. There are many theories to approach the work society in order to improve work ethics and/or the attitudes in a specific environment. Some people are called to be leaders and others are to follow. Leadership takes a variety of skills in order to have people

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