History is filled with tales of leaders who were brave, selfless, and achieved glorious accomplishments. Your text discusses how leadership theory has been categorized throughout time, from the culture of ancient Egypt thousands of years ago, to the “toolbox” style of today.
The first category, known as the “Great Man” phase, focused on the traits that make an effective leader. This period ranges from circa 450 B.C. to the 1940s, and includes classic examples such as the aforementioned Egyptian period and the expansive influence of the Roman Empire.
The second category, known as the Behavior phase, spanned the 1940s to the 1960s, and focused on determining the types of behavior that leaders utilized to influence and affect others.
The final category is the Situational phase. This line of research began in the 1970s and is still present today. It suggests that leaders have a broad understanding of the various types of leadership styles, and can choose the appropriate one to handle a given situation.
discuss each phase, do research and provide examples of influential leaders from each phase, and explain how and why they were so influential.