trait theory of leadership

Trait theory of leadership

As cognitive resource theory describes how important intelligence and low stress gives effective productivity: so does experience and high stress work side by side.

The trait theory aligns itself to the study of human personality. The behaviour, thought and emotion of persons.


  1. People are born with inherited traits.
  2. People who make good leaders have the right combination of traits.
  3. Some traits are particularly suited leadership.

Leadership was often coined as inherited trait. It was considered that leaders have some special traits that propels them to lead.

Examples of such traits are;

  • Decisive
  • Assertive
  • Creative
  • Innovative
  • Self-motivated
  • Self-confident
  • Consideration structure
  • Initiating structure
  • Persistent
  • Accountable for deeds

Examples of leadership skills are:

  • Excellent Verbal Communication
  • Clever (Intelligent)
  • Creative
  • Diplomatic and Factual
  • Persuasive

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