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Trait Theory of Leadership

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Karalyn McGrorty

on 2 February 2015

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Trait Theory of Leadership
Trait Theory of Leadership
By: Kellee Bush, Amos Chiarappa and
Karalyn McGrorty Derstine
Various Models within Theory
How it differs?
According to Bolman and Deal's Reframing Organizations, leadership within organizations can be split into two separate tracks. Quantitative-analytic, takes into account the end goal or organization's leadership rolls, and creates specific hypothesis in hopes to attain data to support it. Quantitative-holistic is a little more personal in nature, as it requires practitioners to talk amongst each other and utilize previously researched works to create a desired outcome.
Works Cited
Bolman, L.G., & Deal, T. E. (2013). Reframing organizations: Artistry, choice, and leadership (5th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Fleenor, J. (2006). Trait approach to leadership. In S. Rogelberg (Ed.), Encyclopedia of industrial and organizational psychology. (pp. 830-832). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.


Gardner. J. W. (1989). On leadership.New York: Free Press.

Germain, M. (2012). Traits and skills theories as the nexus between leadership and expertise: Reality or fallacy?. Performance Improvement, 51(5), 32-39.

John W. Fleenor’s research on Trait Leadership, states that the trait theory “focuses on the personal attributes (or traits) of leaders, such as physical and personality characteristics, competencies, and values,”

Through his research John W. Gardner’s compiled and looked at results, he found innate leaders often had a higher advantage and performance, than that of their peers. Essentially making them stand out as leaders.
Gardner also found the following attributes as strong traits that leaders possess.
Physical vitality and stamina, intelligence and action-oriented judgment, eagerness to accept responsibility, task competence, understanding of followers and their needs, skill in dealing with people, need for achievement, capacity to motivate people, courage and resolution, trustworthiness, decisiveness, self-confidence, assertiveness, and adaptability/flexibility
, were seen as strong qualities that leaders possessed (Garner, 1989).

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