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The Great Man Theory of Leadership

The Great Man Theory of Leadership

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The Great Man Theory of LeadershipDuring this time of bad economy and process of elimination, we need good, strongleadership. In today’s society we need someone with energy, who can energize others, and whohas edge. Why is it that some organizations will grow and some will not, maybe it is because of its leadership. All leaders have a different skill set, some will think outside the box and somewill just go to the edge. According to the Great Man Theory in the 19
th
century, these were menof influence, intelligence, wisdom, and power. Some people believed back then that men were born of these characteristics or became better after handling issues as they were leaders. Thesegreat men used their power to impact history. The Great Man Theory was about how these greatmen had masculinity, dominance and conservatism. These great men were known as heroes andthey are sincere in what he thinks and what he does(Covert,2004). A hero is someone that isadmired by many, and has strong tendencies, but is self-disciplined. When a man has vision, hehas courage and determination to make the process work. When we think of leaders today, wethink of President Obama, Jack Welch, Bill Gates, and former President Carter to name a fewgreat men. All of these great men had dreams or visions and did not let anything get in their way to achieving their goal.When learning about the male role models in the 19
th
century, we know that women hadno rights and men were seen as leaders in the home. Back then ancient men were described asmasculine men of vigor, strength, power, and righteous believer. They were highly respectedand known through out the land. The so called heroes were men that revealed qualities thatinspired respect, like wisdom, and courage. They knew of things that other men did not know
 
and took risks that other men would not dare take. Heroes shape history through personalattributes and divine inspirations. Men were characterized to be their own man and beingdomineering.During the 19
th
century men were dominant and their attributes would last beyond their time in life. These men would love and protect their families but they sacrifice time with their families to become great men. Women were to stay at home and do as they were told, they werenot suppose to think and be heard. Now today’s woman can say and do as she please, and bringvalue to the home. Women can become corporate leaders and have a family.This world is upheld by honesty of good men and women. Now, men and women candream dreams and become whatever they want to be. The Great Men Theory was good for that particular time period and had a historical impact. True leaders have a vision that will empowetheir employee, building trust, and focus on customers. The leadership should bring a changethat will make a real difference. There have been some great men in the 21
st
century, and wehave profit from their accomplishments. President Obama, is the first black president, Jack Welch, is known as one of the greatest Chief Executive Officer, Bill Gates, is known for his giftsto help students around the world, and former President Carter, for his gift of building homes for  people in need. A leader will have drive, motivation, commitment, and good communicationskills. We have to keep in mind that there is a difference in a leader and leadership. A leader issomeone that leads, but leadership is an activity and any person can exercise leadership.

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