Leadership Theories and Styles

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There are two main approaches to leadership- traitist and situationist.In the early times leadership was considered to originate from the personal qualities of the leader and insufficient attention was given to the contribution of the group structure and situation. The early studies focused their attention on certain traits to compare leaders with non leaders.

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University of Santo TomasCollege of Commerce and Business AdministrationATerm PaperSubmitted toMr. Arnold GarciaSubmitted By:Layug, Clyde Danielle S. Table of ContentI. Nature of LeadershipII. Leadership TheoriesIII. Leadership StylesIV. Change LeadershipV. Leadership ChallengesI. Nature of LeadershipThere are two main approaches to leadership- traitist and situationist.In the early times leadership was considered to originate from the personal qualities of the leader and insufficient attention was given to the contribution of the group structure and situation. The early studies focused their attention on certain traits to compare leaders with non leaders. Gibb remarked that the leader traits are relative to a specific social situation and are not exhibited in isolation. He pointed out that attempts to find a consistent pattern of traits that characterize leaders had failed and saidthat the attributes of leadership are any or all of those personality characteristics that in any particular situation make it possible for a person either to contribute to achievement of a group goal or to be seen as doing so by other group members. The person who becomes a leader surpasses others in some qualities required by the goal in the particular situation. He writes leadership is both a function of these two interactions. The situationist approach to leadership provides a corrective to the traitist approach which regarded leaders as uniquely superior individual

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