Essay by spandx17 August 2004

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A really good leader is made not born. If you have the desire and ambition, YOU, yes you, can become a great effective leader. Good leaders develop through a never-ending process of self-study, education, training, and experience.

To understand more about being a leader, let me define leadership. Leadership is a complex process by which a person influences others to accomplish a mission, task, or objective and directs the organization in a way that makes it more unified. A person carries out this process by applying their leadership attributes (beliefs, values, ethics, character, knowledge, and skills). A position as manager or supervisor does not make you a leader; it simply makes you a boss. Leadership makes people want to achieve high goals and objectives, while, on the other hand, bosses tell people to accomplish a task or objective.

Bernard Bass' theory of leadership states that there three basics ways to explain how people become leaders.

The first two explain the leadership development for a small number or people. These theories are: The Trait Theory says that some personality traits may lead people naturally into leadership roles; The Great Events Theory states that a person or important event may cause a person to rise to the occasion, which brings out extraordinary leadership qualities in ordinary people; The Transformational Theory states that people can choose to become leaders. They can learn leadership skills.

When a person is deciding if he or she respects you, they do not think about your attributes. They observe what you do so they can know the real you. They use this observation to determine if you are an honorable and trustworthy leader or a self-fulfilling person.

The basis of good leadership is honorable character and selfless service to your cause. People see your leadership as...