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    Requesting assistance and guidance on making the attached paper stronger by using more theorists and authors to share their definitions of leadership and describing the skills of leaders and managers. By using "The Leader's Companion: insights on Leadership through the ages (1995) edited by J. Thomas Wren. Request using any of the following authors to provide depth on leadership: Burns, Bass, Cronin, Hughes, Ginnett and Curphy; Bennis, Kotter, John W. Gardner, Robert Kelley, Hofstede, Edgar Schein, Richard Beckhard, Victor Vroom or James MacGregor Burns. Would like to get at least 4 to 6 pages to add to what I have.

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    Warren Bennis emphasized that a leader should be authentic. He should use a combination of experience, self-knowledge, and personal ethics. The leader should be true to his self invention. His approach came to be known as the humanistic, democratic style of leadership. According to Bennis such leaders are better suited to deal with the complexity and change that characterize the environment today. According to Bennis, experiencing struggle and hardship molds leaders (1). For example, a person who has was in the military during a long drawn out war experiences struggle that is required for molding a leader. He emphasized that even though people can learn to lead, they must learn something about the strange new world. He described leadership as elusive. He admitted that leadership was hard to define. He also said that leadership meant deeply affecting others. A leader in a military directly and strongly affected the lives of his troops. Often the decision of a leader in military has very strong consequences on the lives of others. According to Bennis, a leader is strongly self-aware. He not only knows his strengths but also knows his weaknesses. The leader has his eye on the horizon, he sees the big picture, he wonders about everything, is willing to take risks, and is innovative. Continuing with the military example, the leader is open to adopting new methods that may bring victory to his army. According to Warren Bennis, leaders are made and are not born.

    According to Edgar Schein, there is an intrinsic relationship between leadership an culture. According to him leadership is the source of beliefs and values and the most central issue for leaders is to understand ...

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    The answer to this problem explains different perspectives of leadership theories. The references related to the answer are also included.