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Unit 6 Assignment

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To Be a Great LeaderNameJanuary 17, 2012CourseInstructorThe original definition of leadership I constructed was based on a number of experiences, historical models, work experience and contemporary leaders we hear about in the news. My definition was fairly conceptual and existed in cerebral state, less grounded in concrete examples than many of the models encountered during this course. I wrote initially, "A great leader is defined by many intangibles. A leader brings out the best in those he or she leads. A leader inspires others to become better. Leaders are respected, often admired, and even loved - or feared. Most importantly, a leader makes those who follow him greater than the sum of the individuals themselves. Leaders bring out this synergistic effect to multiple the potential of people and lead them to become themselves great." While I continue to agree with my definition and especially the characteristics demonstrated by the great ones, there was certainly room to grow as I learned about the various theories of leadership.Above all, I appreciated the Contingency Theory and the departure of their interpretations from the other theories. In my mind, I had constructed the ultimate leader with basic values and skills to make him or her great. There could be variation among equally great leaders in terms of their other skills and characteristics, but that core group of traits needed to be present in order for true greatness in leadershi

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