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Leadership

Leadership is of itself constantly in debate, what is it, do we need it and how does it work are just some of the questions in what remains a live and ongoing debate. Whilst there are many definitions available in the wide array of literature the one selected here is that of Rost[1] who said” leadership is an influence relationship among leaders and followers who intend real changes that reflect their mutual purposes” having analysed the definitions of leadership used in the literature from 1900-1979 . At its most fundamental level there is a great deal of discussions about what is leadership and what is management with authors such as Kotter[2] who describes a leader as someone who creates ...

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approach describes and concludes this obsession with leadership is not perhaps the cure all some believe.

A number of approaches to the issue of leadership have been considered during the last century or so and some of these are reviewed below.

Great Man Theory

There was a heavy emphasis in the early part of the last century on what makes a good leader the so called “ great man theory” when commentators sought to identify all the traits required for leader in order to be able to identify who should be selected to be the leaders. As the lists of required traits grew longer and so the reality that a number of great leaders have undesirable traits became clear and the study of leadership began to focus on how leaders behave and what they do.

Behavioral Approach

This approach to the study of the behavioral aspect of leadership included the work of the Ohio[4] and Michigan[5] studies both of which drew similar conclusions as to the presence of two categories of ...

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