Walden University Trait Theory and Evolution of Leadership

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Discussion 1: Leadership Defined

For this Discussion, focus on the important events and historical markers shown on the animated leadership timeline, Origins of Leadership. Consider the leadership distinctions, such as: trait versus process approaches; assigned versus emergent leadership; leadership versus management; and force, power, and coercion. Review the course text, taking note of the difficulties of defining leadership and how it has evolved. Select one of the three cases in Chapter 2 of the course text, Leadership: Theory and Practice, and answer the questions following the case you selected.


Post your responses to the questions for the case you selected in Chapter 2. Be thorough and specific. Analyze how the situation described in your selected case illustrates the events shown in the Origins of Leadership timeline. Share insights and draw conclusions about how the trait approach to leadership is conveyed in your selected case.

the sources to use

Northouse, P. G. (2019). Leadership: Theory and practice (8th ed.). Thousand Oaks: CA: Sage Publications.
  • Chapter 1, "Introduction" (pp. 1–17)
  • Chapter 2, "The Trait Approach" (pp. 19– 42)
Deegan, D. (2009). The changing face of leadership: Past, present and future. Training Journal, 45–48.
Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.
Dinh, J. E., & Lord, R. G. (2012). Implications of dispositional and process views of traits for individual difference research in leadership. The Leadership Quarterly, 23(4), 651–669.
Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.
Plachy, R. (2009). When to lead? When to manage? T+D, 63(12), 52–55.
Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.
Walter, F., & Scheibe, S. (2013). A literature review and emotion-based model of age and leadership: New directions for the trait approach. The Leadership Quarterly, 24(6), 882–901.

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Surname 1
Name of student
Professor’s name
Course title
Evolution of Leadership
Discussion 2
20th-21st century: Barrack Obama
Barrack Obama is a former president to the United States of America and one of the
greatest leaders of the 21st century. He ruled from January 20 to January 20, 2009, and 2017
respectively. The greatest Obama redress was the global financial crisis which entailed policies
for healthcare reforms, a partial extension of the Bush tax c...

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