Early Research: Examples Of Leadership

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During times of change it is important to conduct thorough Early Research on Leadership Traits. This will help prepare leaders in adjusting to the organizational climate and also help them develop skills that will enable them to successfully lead. In this article I focus on one particular aspect of the five key leadership behaviors. It is my hope that by the time you finish reading this article, you will have a better understanding of how to recognize and deal with leadership failures.

Question: From my Early Research on Leadership Traits it appears that you have focused your research on one specific aspect of the behaviors of leaders. Can you tell me what that is? Thank you. In answering this question, I believe I must make a distinction between the early research that sought to prove that there were no inherent or fundamental characteristics that distinguished all successful leaders. I think that much of the research over the last twenty or so years has shown that there are indeed basic characteristics or attributes that lead to success in leadership.

An Overview

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The truth is that much of the initial research that was conducted back in the fifties and sixties was actually conducted using survey techniques that elicited information about personality, rather than on the characteristics that could differentiate the successful from the unsuccessful. For example, a questionnaire was mailed out to a large number of manufacturing companies. While the aim of the research was to find out what sort of personalities these companies held and which of these personality types they occurred most in large numbers. The results of this research did not seek to establish which of these traits were important or even relevant to company success. Instead, the focus was on understanding which behaviors were common among the successful companies and which were not.


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Much of the same research has been done today. Most research attempts to distinguish between the characteristics that make a leader successful, as well as the ones that cause the failure of that leader. Much of this early research sought to show that there were two basic leadership traits that were present in successful leaders. Some researchers found consistent and unique traits that would apply to successful managers, and others found variable and often inconsequential characteristics that would apply to both types of leaders. Still, other researchers were interested in studying the effects that these traits had on the performance of individuals within a company, rather than attempting to isolate any one characteristic of the manager or leader and trying to link it to the company’s success or failure.

One of the early research attempts to demonstrate the effectiveness of leadership traits was conducted by James R.adders and William E. Bates, who chose to conduct an experiment in which they separately presented various leadership tasks to groups of executives from four different companies. They then monitored and tracked how well these individuals performed each of the tasks. The results of their experiment showed that when comparing the performance of different executives on the same tasks, those individuals that possessed consistent traits were more likely to be more successful than others in their group. The researchers also discovered that the same traits also applied to managers, and that the managers who possessed consistent behavioral qualities were much more likely to achieve a higher level of success within their company.

The same research also demonstrated that leaders that possessing strong interpersonal skills were more likely to achieve high levels of success and productivity in their companies. They also found consistent and unique traits that would apply to effective leaders that exhibited these same qualities in their own personalities. Two of the traits that they found most consistent were that they sought to prove that leadership skills were important to their personal development and they took the time to ensure that they truly invested in the success of their employees. By following this same basic principle, many organizations sought to make sure that the people that worked for them had the necessary leadership skills that would enable them to achieve their goals and vision.

Throughout the ages, there have been many instances throughout history where leaders had to face down a difficult situation and make the best decision for the betterment of the group as a whole. Examples include the instances where leaders helped to bring about peace between two groups or when an individual leader stood up to an abusive boss. Throughout history, many leaders faced tremendous hardship and some even died trying to lead the charge into battle. Many early researchers conducted by this early research efforts focused on how these leaders handled situations that could prove to be quite challenging and complicated.

In The End

In the modern era, leaders still face challenging situations on a daily basis. If you look back at some of the most notable leaders throughout history, you will notice that each one of them faced different obstacles and set of circumstances that had the possibility to turn out in a negative way. Yet, they consistently worked hard and determined to move their teams forward and upward no matter what obstacles that they faced. As you can see from the examples above, there is more to leadership than simply standing up and leading your team. Proper research done by the early research studies on leadership will help you learn more about how these leaders handled difficult situations.

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