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The Four Major Approaches to Leadership Theory

1) There are at least four major approaches to leadership theory: Briefly compare and contrast the four leadership theories

The Trait Approach; this approach has also been called the great person theory of leadership.

The Position Approach

The Style Approach

The Distributed-Functions Approach

2) Select a historical figure (living or dead) who has been a leader. Use one of the theories to explain the successes and failures of the leader you selected.

3) What type of leader does your historical figure exemplify?

Min of one scholarly reference to support your claims

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The trait approach or great person theory of leadership differs from the other three theories of leadership, due to the fact that this theory of leadership is based upon the belief that an individual's innate traits such as knowledge, physical prowess, courage, self-discipline, etc. ,will qualify that individual for leadership. In addition, it is the fact that this individual has these traits at a higher level than other individuals that influences other individuals to follow that individual. The position approach to leadership differs from the other three theories of leadership, due to the fact that leadership from this theoretical perspective is based upon the position ...

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