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Style & Trait in Leadership

Compare and contrast the concepts of style and trait as components of solid leadership.

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1. Compare and contrast the concepts of style and trait as components of solid leadership.

For example, Bass' (1989 & 1990) theory of leadership states that there are three basic ways to explain how people become leaders. The first two explain the leadership development for a small number of people. These theories are:

· Some personality traits may lead people naturally into leadership roles. This is the Trait Theory.
· A crisis or important event may cause a person to rise to the occasion, which brings out extraordinary leadership qualities in an ordinary person. This is the Great Events Theory.
· People can choose to become leaders. People can learn leadership skills. This is the Transformational Leadership Theory. It is the most widely accepted theory today and the premise on which this guide is based.

The assumptions of Trait theory of leadership are: people are born with inherited traits, some traits are particularly suited to leadership, and people who make good leaders have the right (or sufficient) combination of traits. According to Boulding (n.d), for example, the 'good' personality traits that are components of solid leadership are: honesty, competence, candor, commitment, integrity, courage, straightforwardness and imagination. These fall into the first ...

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Compares and contrasts the concepts of style and trait as components of solid leadership.

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