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Traits Models of Leadership

There are many approaches to modeling leadership. But, perhaps the oldest assumes that leaders are people born with a specific set of qualities, or traits. Today, we still recognize that there are some traits that can make us better leaders. If only we could agree on which!

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Introduction to Leadership
Program 3: Managing and Leading Individuals
Course 11: Leadership
Section 2: Models of Leadership

Other videos in our Introduction to Leadership:
🎬 Leadership Behaviors: Task and Relationship Focus
🎬 Action Centered Leadership – A Roles-based or Functional Leadership Model
🎬 Goleman’s 6 Leadership Styles – A Styles Models of Leadership
🎬 What is Transactional Leadership?

Traits models of leadership see leadership as something that stems from the individual.

Ralph Stogdill r(1974):
The [successful] leader is characterized by a strong drive for responsibility and task completion, vigor and persistence in pursuit of goals, venturesomeness and originality in problem solving, drive to exercise initiative in social situations, self-confidence and sense of personal identity, willingness to accept consequences of decision and action, readiness to absorb interpersonal stress, willingness to tolerate frustration and delay, ability to influence other person’s behavior, and capacity to structure social interaction systems to the purpose at hand.

Edwin Locke and associates identified:
β€’ Leadership motivation
β€’ Self-confidence
β€’ Honesty and integrity
β€’ Drive and Responsibility
β€’ Cognitive ability (intelligence)
β€’ Business Knowledge
β€’ Other traitsβ€”charisma, creativity/originality, problem-solving, and flexibility/adaptiveness.

In addition, other researchers have added things like:
β€’ Social skills
β€’ Motivational skills
β€’ Personality Traits
β€’ Gender

1. What traits have you observed in the best leaders you have worked with that seem to contribute to the quality of their leadership? (2 MC CPD Points)
2. What is your assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the traits-based model of leadership? (3 MC CPD Points)

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There are a vast number of Leadership books – perhaps more than on any other managemnet-related topic. And there is also a huge range represented in different lists of the best. This no-doubt reflects the different contexts for leadership.

So, any recommended reading list of leadership books must be particularly subjective. I have chosen those that made me think, and which are of particular value to manegerial leaders: not sportspeople, military leaders, or CEOs. In no particular order:

πŸ“– Leaders Eat Last
πŸ“– Start with Why
πŸ“– Humble Leadership
πŸ“– The Leadership Challenge
πŸ“– The New Leaders
πŸ“– Shackleton’s Way
πŸ“– Why should Anyone be Led by You
πŸ“– The Habit of Excellence

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00:00 – Traits-based models of leadership
00:35 – What Traits-based leadership models are
01:07 – Research on traits based leadership models
01:38 – Ralph Stogdill
02:45 – Zaccaro and colleagues
03:10 – Which traits lead to good leadership? Edwin Locke and colleagues
04:51 – Additional traits for leadership potential
06:09 – Critiques of traits-based leadership models
07:45 – Summing up

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Simon Sinek: Start with Why and Leaders Eat Last
Kouzes and Posner: The Leadership Challenge
Warren Bennis: Master of Transformative Leadership
Coaching for Leadership Development
Mentoring for Leadership Development
The Principles of Leadership Development
Complexity, Leadership, and the Cynefin Framework
Robert House and Path Goal Theory [Situational Leadership]
Commercial Situational Leadership Models
A Generic Day-to-Day Situational Leadership Model
Tannenbaum & Schmidt: The Leadership Continuum
The Fiedler Contingency Theory of Leadership Effectiveness
What is Servant Leadership?
What is Authentic Leadership?
What is Charismatic Leadership?
What is Visionary Leadership?
The Blake & Mouton Leadership Grid
What is Transformational Leadership?
What is Transactional Leadership?
Goleman’s 6 Leadership Styles – A Styles Models of Leadership
Action Centered Leadership – A Roles-based or Functional Leadership Model
Leadership Behaviors: Task and Relationship Focus
Leadership Traits, Roles, and Styles: Three Types of Leadership Model
What is Leader-Member Exchange Theory? And Should You Use LMX Theory?
10-Step Leadership Process: A Simple Model for How to Lead
Leadership Attitudes: How to Approach Things Like a Leader
The Leadership Skill Set: What Every Leader Needs to be Able to Do
What is Leadership? and Why do We Need Leaders?

Mike Clayton

About Mike Clayton 

Dr Mike Clayton is a (former) Project Manager and now a management educator. Having trained thousands of people at live workshops, seminars, and conferences, he now delivers training mainly via video. He has 14 books with international publishers and runs two successful YouTube channels. He is also the founder of OnlinePMCourses.com

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