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Leadership Traits and Styles

Describe how different leadership traits and styles can affect organizational effectiveness.

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Northouse (2007) suggest that the trait approach does not lay out a series of hypotheses or principles about what kind of leader is needed in a certain situation or what a leader should do, given a particular set of circumstances. Rather, this approach emphasizes that having a leader with a certain set of traits is crucial to having effective leadership. It is the leader and his or her personality that are central to the leadership process (p. 12).

Leadership Traits
The following is an outline of traits that are characteristic of good leaders, divided into seven categories: physical, emotional, social, intellectual/intelligence, communication, experience, and trustworthy.

Physical and emotions does not always go hand-in-hand as the outer appearance of a big and strong leader who shows much emotion may deceive others. However, it is important to an organization that ...

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It is important for a leader to have good traits for effective leadership. Also, leadership style is relative to the pattern of behavior a leader demonstrate in making business decisions such as making decisions that are directive, analytic, conceptual, and behavioral. Some leadership styles include authoritarian/autocratic, participative/democratic, and delegative/ free reign.

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