Lesson 5: HISTORY OF TRAIT LEADERSHIP
The story of leadership begins not all that long ago in the late 1800s. Common thoughts back then suggested that leaders were born and not made. These perceptions originated out of an observation that many great leaders possessed something out of the ordinary—natural, inborn characteristics that allowed them to excel above the rest (what was ultimately called the “Great Man” leadership theory). This perception translated into limited opportunities for leadership among the common people, as they were not endowed with these “special” leadership characteristics.