In his publication, Peter Northouse suggested that leadership is “a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal.” Although this definition aptly describes the role of a leader, one question if fails to address is whether the individual who takes on the leader mantel is one with natural leadership ability or whether the required traits can be taught.
In recent decades, there has been an increased prevalence in
academic research which has been focused on providing an
educational framework for leadership learning.3 Nonetheless,
only a limited number of these studies have considered the
impact that the learning process might enhance the
individual's natural psychological traits and might have on
enhancing the value of this learning process and its outcome
on their effectiveness in a future leadership role.4 Using
the theory of psychological trait, the aim of this essay is
to evaluate this issue within the context of two diverse
current leadership styles.