The Great Man Theories are the first of these perceptions to be developed. This theory states that men take on inherited traits and are just born great leaders. The theory came to because scholars were studying past and present popular leaders. This included Kings and other nobility who were given their title through birthright. The blue collar people back in those times were not even given the chances to be put in a leadership position so how could they even know if it really was inherited. When society did eventually change there are still examples in history that still proves this theory to be true. The Kennedy family is a great example of this. This family who produced several political leaders derived from poor Irish immigrants and came to America for better opportunities. These opportunities gave the traits the ability to thrive. So this theory proved to only be partly true. Leadership can be an inherent ability that does not necessarily have to stem from a certain social class, but as we can see this was based on what people knew of society at that point in time.
The Trait Theories were the next concepts of a leader that were cultivated in the 1920’s. This was an in-depth study of the traits great leaders possessed so that they could maybe be predicted or perhaps trained. Traits differed too much from leader to leader so the idea of a specific list to establish a future leader was futile since... [continues]
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