A report on Margaret Thatcher’s leadership style, approaches and personality attributes
Name: Noor Al Abdulla
Student Number: 08434474
Module: Leadership in Context
Table of contents:
An illustration of four theories
Trait Theory Application to Margaret Thatcher
Trait Theory limitations
Personal attributes and leadership
Margaret Thatcher’s personal attributes
Traits and accomplishments
Motivation: Brief definition
Margaret Thatcher and motivation
Importance of a leader’s relations
7.1 Margaret Thatcher’s relations
8.1 Margaret Thatcher’s leadership style
Margaret Thatcher’s strengths and weaknesses
Leaders are people who are authentic, who have a clear sense of their own personal values and is seen by others to embody those values. They can be found in many different areas such as: entertainment, sports, business, politics etc. This report identifies and explicates some of the key theories of leadership that applies to my chosen leader ,a lady who made a big change in the political policies in Great Britain, Margaret Thatcher, which is also known as the “Iron Lady” is one of the most famous leaders and first woman to be a prime minister in Great Britain. The report also highlights some of the aspects involving her personality traits, her leadership style and her history on whether she was seen as a successful leader by the society or not.
Defining and understanding leadership has been a frustrating attempt for many years provoking numerous academics to be critical of the many approaches to examining what it means to be a leader. The following quotations serve as an illustration of the abovementioned point. “Leadership has been the subject of an extraordinary amount of dogmatically stated nonsense’’ (Barnard, 2003:80). Whereas Mullins (2008:293) attempts to offer us a way forward by defining leadership as a “relationship through which one person influences the behaviour or actions of other people.” Kotter (1997:7) extending this definition argues that leadership is the process of creating a vision for others and having the power to translate it into a reality and sustain it. Yet none of these definitions offers us much insight into some of the key questions surrounding leadership. For example, Kotter refers to process, Mullins writes about influence. Kotter, among others, writes about the importance of power, yet tells us little about what the bases of that power is and how it should be used to attain effective leadership. Moreover, these definitions say little about context/situation.
Thatcher, Margaret Hilda Roberts Thatcher, Baroness - 1925–, British political leader. Great Britain's first woman prime minister, Thatcher served longer than any other British prime minister in the 20th cent. In office she initiated what became known as the "Thatcher Revolution," a series of social and economic changes that dismantled many aspects of Britain's postwar welfare state. (Questia,online). Margaret Thatcher is the perfect example of a very powerful woman leader who was in power for eleven years. This shows how her strong personality attributes and great leadership powers have led her to this position. Her big influence on the conviction politics, political style, economic and social policies has created a new political policy named after her last name which is called “Thatcherism”.
There are eight major leadership theories. Early leadership theories focused on what...
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