The historical importance of leadership traits. From trait theory to charismatic leadership


Term Paper (Advanced seminar), 2021

16 Pages, Grade: 1,3


Abstract or Introduction

This paper focusses on the trait approach on leadership, whereby this theory concentrates on the personal traits of leaders. The trait theory was one of the first ones to study leadership. Different developments within the past and present, as well as a future outlook are explained and analysed. The approach developed from the assumption that great leaders are born to the hypothesis that great leaders can be made when there is a need for that. Successful leadership is extended to an interaction between the traits of a leader and the situation itself. Today’s relevant aspects of the theory are the Big Five, Emotional Intelligence and Skills Leadership. In this light, this paper investigates future developments of leadership, focussing on charismatic and visionary leadership. Then, it presents an evaluation of the trait approach, its strengths and weaknesses and the importance of leadership traits for the future.

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Title
The historical importance of leadership traits. From trait theory to charismatic leadership
College
University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf
Course
Intercultural Management and Leadership
Grade
1,3
Author
Year
2021
Pages
16
Catalog Number
V1132023
ISBN (eBook)
9783346502537
ISBN (Book)
9783346502544
Language
English
Keywords
Trait Leadership, Leadership theories, charismatic leadership, Great man theory, big five personality model, emotional intelligence, skills leadership, visionary leadership, levels of conceptualization
Quote paper
Lea Graeser (Author), 2021, The historical importance of leadership traits. From trait theory to charismatic leadership, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/1132023

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