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What personality traits do leaders possess?

Do an Internet and library search to find biographies, case studies, or articles. You can use periodicals such as Fortune, Business Week, and Forbes. Choose two leaders whom most people would consider very successful and two who would be deemed unsuccessful. Briefly explain what makes them successful or unsuccessful. You may choose famous or infamous personalities such as Abraham Lincoln, Vince Lombardi, or Adolf Hitler, or contemporary leaders such as Roger Smith, Donald Petersen, Lee Iacocca, or Oprah Winfrey.

1. Identify similarities and differences between the two successful leaders and between the two unsuccessful leaders.

2. Are there some factors about the leaders you researched that might have predicted their success or failure before they achieved leadership roles? List and explain three such factors.

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Choose two leaders whom most people would consider very successful and two who would be deemed unsuccessful. Briefly explain what makes them successful or unsuccessful. You may choose famous or infamous personalities such as Abraham Lincoln, Vince Lombardi, or Adolf Hitler, or contemporary leaders such as Roger Smith, Donald Petersen, Lee Iacocca, or Oprah Winfrey.

1. Identify similarities and differences between the two successful leaders and between the two unsuccessful leaders.

Oprah Winfrey and Abraham Lincoln were successful because of traits that were characteristic of persistence, belief in themselves, and the will to survive. Both Lincoln and Winfrey came from homes that were not functional and grew up in poverty. Despite these ...

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1. What traits and personality characteristics are important for leadership? If someone does not possess these traits, can they still be an effective leader? Can these traits be learned?

2. Can a positive trait also become or be perceived as a weakness? Explain.

3. How do these traits vary between cultures? How can leaders who lead in an international context deal with multicultural perceptions? Give specific examples.

Kindly assist with these 3 questions. Please address all areas. Please also include any scholarly references.

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