You can’t be a leader without the right personal qualities; nothing else matters. Discuss.
This essay question takes one of Grint’s perspectives on leadership and says that it is useful. The first key thing is that your essay needs to build an argument that states whether you agree or not, and why. To help you to do this, you may want to contrast this perspective on leadership to other perspectives. The second key thing is that you need to display critical thought about what the statement says – what are the different components of the statement, and are there any assumptions built into it? Is there more to be said than what it implies? The third key thing is that you will want to integrate some examples into your critical discussion and argument. These examples can be from your own experience or from other sources, in either case, there will want to be a clear reason for including them – that is, they should add to your argument or discussion, and there should be enough information about them (but not too much) for the reader to know what you are talking about and see their relevance.
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? Grint, K. (2005) Leadership: Limits and Possibilities (Basingstoke: Palgrave)
? Grint, K. (2005) ‘Problems, problems, problems: the social construction of “leadership”’, Human Relations 58: 1467-1494.
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? Smircich, L. and Morgan G. (1982) ‘Leadership: the management of meaning’, The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science 18 (3): 257-273.
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