May 22, 2013
* This paper outlines one of the major approaches for studying leadership. It will also include a summarized explanation of the strengths and weaknesses of the leadership approach selected, along with an example in which this approach has been used in an organization.
* According to Yukl (2010) Leadership is such a broad subject that can be range or vary from personality traits, behavior, influence, interaction, patterns, roles, and relationships, even the occupation of an administrative position. Leadership is so complex even though it has been studied for years researchers have not been able to come up with a definition for it.
* The major approach selected to elaborate is on the “trait approach “which is one of the earliest approaches people have used for studying leadership.” Underlying this approach was the assumption that some people are born natural leaders, endowed with certain traits, not possessed by other people” (Yukl, p. 13, 2010). We heard that anybody can be a manager, but not everybody can be an effective leader. Leaders are more related into inspiring and influencing rather than directing and giving orders as normal managers do, people tend to assume natural leaders are born with that specific instinct.
* The most appealing of the trait approach is that uses are in term of personality traits. The personality of an effective leader can influence the organization but not necessarily lead to success. One of the trait approach strength is that over time better design research has been able to accumulate and with that research have made progress in discovering...