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1Leadership Portfolio Reflective PaperMavis WaughWest Coast UniversityLDR 432Dr. MirabellaJuly 05, 2020
2INTRODUCTIONLeadership can be defined as a process by which one individual influences others towardthe attainment of group or organized goals. Leadership primarily deals with social influence, itrequires voluntary action from followers, it cannot exist without a leader and one or morefollowers. It is basically the approach of giving direction, implementing plans, and motivatingother people (Northouse, 2019). Leadership is a complex topic that does not offer us a one, two,three, step process for becoming a great leader.There are several different leadership approachesand being skilled in each one can only benefit me to become a better leader. The scientific studyof leadership began with a focus on the traits of effective leaders. The basic premise behind traittheory was that effective leaders are born, not made, thus name the "great man" theory. Leadertrait research examined the physical, mental, and social characteristics of individuals. On the traitapproach, it's stated that if something has a particular trait that makes them a good leader in onesituation, does not mean they will be a good leader in another. The trait approach is aboutidentifying the innate qualities which leaders possess. Thus, the trait approach to leadership ismore focused on pointing out people with the aptitude to lead, not manage. Northouse stated thatpeople are born with inherited traits and some traits are particularly suited to leadership. Peoplewho make good leaders have the right combination of traits (Northouse, 2019).
3LEADERSHIP APPROACHToday as I reflect on this course I can acknowledge that there are many perspectives to

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