Traits of Leadership

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Traits of Leadership Vince Lombardi once said, “Leadership is not just one quality, but rather a blend of many qualities; and while no one individual possesses all of the needed talents that go into leadership, each man can develop a combination to make him a leader.” A person needs many qualities to become a great leader. Throughout history, four qualities have remained constant: vision, communication, fixed principles, and confidence. At their best, all effective leaders share a gift for defining a vision, and for moving people toward a direction for the future. For some, a crisis helps propel that vision. A president will only be effective if he has a compelling vision of the future of America. () By the time Franklin D. Roosevelt came into office as President of the United States, the Depression had reached such a depth that people were ready for change. The extent of the crisis had grown so much that Americans were clinging on to any sense of a new life. However, when there is no crisis that helps mobilize the public, leaders must find other opportunities. For instance, when America elected John F. Kennedy (JFK) in 1960, there was no overwhelming crisis. The Cold War had become a state of grinding normalcy, but by talking about poverty, about public service, he was able to lift expectations and make people feel part of a noble cause. Having the quality of vision helps mobilize external support for the leader's overarching goals, and chart out a national direction. The Moon Project was the most ambitious national scientific project in two decades, propelling the U.S. forward in the space race. JFK enunciated idea on peaceful cooperation with the Soviets in his 'Strategy of Peace' speech. In the speech, he pledged for a pa... ... middle of paper ... ...ired of patronizing politicians and distrustful of government. Reagan's strength of conviction, combined with his vulnerable style, communicated that he trusted the people and that he himself could be trusted. Works Cited http://www.vincelombardi.com/quotes.html Myatt, Mike. "10 Communication Secrets of Great Leaders." Forbes Magazine. N.p., 4 Apr. 2012. Web. 21 Oct. 2013. http://www.ucg.org/character/lincolns-qualities-leadership/ http://www.mc.edu/rotc/files/4313/1471/9579/MSL_202_L10b_Leadership_Analysis.pdf http://hbr.org/2012/04/the-real-leadership-lessons-of-steve-jobs/ Hald-Mortensen, Christian (2007) John F. Kennedy -Leadership Qualities That Moved A Nation. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. http://www.hesselbeininstitute.org/knowledgecenter/journal.aspx?ArticleID=158 http://baldwintom.typepad.com/ignite_the_promise/2008/04/principled-lead.html

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