Organisational Success Depends Ultimately on the Qualities of Its Leaders. but Are Leaders Born Successful or Can They Be Trained

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“Leadership is one of those things which is almost impossible to pin down in words but which everyone recognises when they see it.”
D.A.S Plastow Group Managing Director Rolls-Royce Motors Limited.

When we hear the word leadership or leader, the first thing some people imagine is a great military commander or king standing in front of his people and issuing orders. If we think about it more closely, we will realize that leadership is not only a creation of ancient history but we deal with it on a regular basis. To find a leader we don’t need to look far, presidents, politicians, business managers, sport stars and even every day people possess leadership qualities. Although the meaning of leadership may seem at first easy to define, but
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1981) However after reviewing the Great-man Theory, a problem arises. What is a leader? There are great military commanders, industrial entrepreneurs, political representatives and head of countries. You can call all of them leaders, but in-between they are very different from each other, which makes the concept of a sole leader illusive. Historical figures, acclaimed leaders, they all were very capable in the roles they fulfilled, they all had the ability to rise way above the levels required in their line of work. For example Napoleon was not only a glorified military commander, he also had the ability to become the political head of state and create the French administrative system. Napoleon was not the only historical figure, which operated with such greatness, we cannot forget about Winston Churchill, MacArthur and Washington. (Clement, J. 1991)

We can argue, is it the great tactical competence of military commanders, that makes men follow, or is it great leadership. Possessing nothing except leadership qualities, doesn’t make you a leader and surely won’t mobilize people to follow your lead. After analysing the “great leaders” , they turned out to be men who possessed great competence in the roles they fulfilled . (Clement, J. 1991)
The conception that leaders are given special qualities, that separate them from their followers, should allow us to identify these features. This

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